Dongting Lu(ÂêïÊ¥ûÂ∫≠), a reporter from Beijing, writes in his article that "Beijing's waterways suffer from severe pollution. But even if they did not, the residents of the capital might present an even greater threat."
At some of Beijing's beauty spots, you can still find fresh, clear water flowing from underground springs: water which is eagerly sought by city residents, who fill up plastic containers to drink or to use in their cooking.
This phenomenon can be seen at many of Beijing's best-known sites, including Badachu Park and the Xiangshan Botanical Gardens. Local authorities have put up signs prohibiting unauthorised water collection, but to no effect....[Full Text]