Beijing’s thirst causes problems for neighbour province

The northern Chinese province of Hebei, which surrounds Beijing and supplies most of its water, has over-exploited its resources so badly it is suffering subsidence and saline contamination, Xinhua news agency reported.
The arid province had just one-seventh of the national average of per capita water supplies, and for the last 30 years had had to rely more and more on groundwater, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed provincial official.

"The expert urged the government to invest more money in environmental protection, and to take water efficiency measures to reduce
consumption," the report added.

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