Print Email There is an old saying in Chinese culture that the appearance of a fat pig at the front door augurs abundance and good fortune. The sight of a bloated one floating dead down the nearest river portends something else entirely. In the past two weeks, more than 16, dead pigs have been fished out of the Huangpu River, near Shanghai, and its tributaries.
Report Jan 13, 5: He might also have warned: Let China sleep, for when she wakes she will be really, really thirsty.
Government efforts to try and redistribute water from relatively water-wealthy regions to more parched provinces are also likely to further exacerbate the problem, the authors say. Guan, professor at the University of East Anglia.
Particularly in its north, the country is deeply parched — so much so that the government last week said it would begin encouraging people to eat potatoesrather than more water-intensive traditional staples such as rice and wheat, to try and conserve water.
With the water from the south, that figure will go up to cubic meters per person, according to state media reports.
Guan says, water-poor provinces find their supplies even more strained. Comparatively water-rich regions like Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang rank among the top virtual importers. Guan advocates a greater push for more effective use—for example, fighting leakage in agricultural irrigation—as well as consumer cutbacks and a shift toward less water-intensive industries, such as the service industry.The World Bank puts the cost of China’s water problems—mostly damage to health—at % of a year’s GDP.
Damming or diverting rivers tackles only supply—increasing available water by. China's Looming Water Shortage. demand for water is outstripping supply. The Economist argued that China could best address its problems by simply raising the price of water, particularly.
Jan 13, · In addition to the physical rerouting of China’s water flows, the report’s authors say that numerous water-strapped provinces end up inadvertently exporting their own water by producing water. The World Bank puts the cost of China’s water problems—mostly damage to health—at % of a year’s GDP.
Right problem, wrong solution China clearly needs to do something—but not the. Surface water accounts for 82% of China’s total water supply in while groundwater accounts for only 18%.
However, due to an uneven distribution of water resources between the North and the South of China, the North is more reliant on groundwater than the South. Misguided policy is as much to blame as a mismatch in supply between the water-rich south and the arid north.
A new approach to water management, rather than more concrete, is needed.