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Monday, 14 July 2008

An Olympic Thirst

The Beijing Olympics, which begin on 8 August 2008, are adding to China's water woes.

The San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the games are expected to increase Beijing's water consumption by at least 5%, and that reserves are being drawn down from neighbouring towns and provinces.

The article then goes on to state that:

"According to some environmentalists:

-Half of China's 617 largest cities, including Beijing, face water shortages.

-At least 300 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.

-90% of cities' groundwater and 75% of rivers and lakes are polluted.

-Chinese industries dump 40 billion to 60 billion tons of untreated wastewater into rivers and lakes every year.

-90 million people are exposed to water pollution on a daily basis.

-Beijing golf courses use 21,900 acre-feet of water each year

Let us hope that the money earned from the Olympics will be used to address these issues.

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