Beijing mulls water curbs

March 26th, 2012 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 26 (IANS) In a bid to conserve water in the arid Chinese capital, Beijing authorities are pondering to restrict water usage by bathhouses, golf courses and ski resorts.

According to He Jianping, a deputy director from the Beijing Water Authority, an amended guideline on water conservation, expected to be passed in April, will be the most stringent of its kind for a Chinese city.

The official said the venues will be given quotas and have their water fees raised, a move intended to force some luxury-oriented businesses out of the city, Xinhua quoted a Beijing Water Authority spokesman as saying.

The new guideline will also create stricter restrictions for industrial water users and social institutions, the spokesman said, adding that Beijing households will be rewarded if they report their efforts to conserve water to authorities.

The guideline is the latest initiative to be taken by Beijing, a metropolis of over 20 million people and a major water consumer in China’s drought-prone north, to restrict wasteful water use.

In 2011, the city had suspended the approval of new luxury bathhouses over water conservation concerns.

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