Beijing to melt snow to address water shortage

Nov 12, 2010

Beijing will collect and melt snow this winter in a bid to quench the water shortage that has plagued the Chinese capital for years, state media reported Friday.

Two vehicles with high-powered heaters capable of processing around 100 cubic metres (3,500 cubic feet) of snow and ice an hour will be sent to locations around Tiananmen Square, the Global Times said.

Clean snow will also be dumped into dammed sections in three rivers that drift through the city to be used for road cleaning, and to supplement the rivers' water levels, it said.

Additional snow-melting areas have been assigned citywide, it added.

For years northern China has been battling a water shortage that experts say is caused by , and rising demand from tens of millions of people who live in Beijing and the booming areas around it.

Water consumption in , with a population of nearly 20 million and growing, rose to 3.55 billion cubic metres last year, compared with its water supply of 2.18 billion cubic metres, the Global Times said.

The city was hit by its worst snowstorm since 1951 on January 3 last year, which lasted 20 hours with an average snowfall of nearly 11 millimetres (less than half an inch).

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Doug_Huffman
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
Air pollution becomes water pollution becomes plumbumosis.
GSwift7
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
"shortage that experts say is caused by global warming"

"Water consumption ... rose to 3.55 billion cubic metres, compared with its water supply of 2.18 billion cubic metres"

Yep, that's global warming for you. Causing population issues again. Gee, and I thought babies came from storks.

"The city was hit by its worst snowstorm since 1951 on January 3 last year, which lasted 20 hours with an average snowfall of nearly 11 millimetres (less than half an inch)."

Is this a joke? They operate snow removal equipment to clear half an inch of snow, and this is the answer to the water shortage? Surely that's a misprint here.
LouBator
1 / 5 (1) Nov 16, 2010
Tiananmen Square, do people remember what happened there over twenty years ago? Do you remember Chinese troops from the provinces killing citizens? Remember the man in front of the tank? Tiananmen Square should be a reminder to all free citizens of the brutality of totalitarianism, be it communism or mohammedism.