Province Supplying Beijing Water Drying Up: State

From AFP, via Yahoo News:

A province in north China that supplies Beijing with much needed water is itself facing serious shortages of the resource, state media reported ahead of World Water Day on Sunday.

Li Qinglin, director of Hebei’s water conservation department, said water shortages had become a big problem for the province’s social and economic development, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Saturday.

“Water resources in Hebei have dwindled by nearly 50 percent in recent years,” Li was quoted as saying.

Hebei, part of China’s parched north, is one of the major suppliers of water to neighbouring Beijing and Tianjin — two sprawling cities that together group at least 28 million people and are running out of the resource.

China’s rapid economic expansion has helped deplete its water supplies and has long been one of the country’s major concerns.

March 22, 2009 10:27 PM
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