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Hai Tide: Tapping Green Water in Northern China

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Bastiaanssen, W.G.M.; Bingfang, Wu; Olson, Douglas C.; Liping, Jiang
Journal: Stockholm Water Front
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Page(s): 12-13
Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5215
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: East Asia
Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): river basins
water resources
pollution
water management
scarcity
Abstract: "The Hai Basin in China is currently experiencing serious physical water shortages and pollution. Ninety percent of the surface water resources are used; most branches of the river do not reach the sea. The availability of water resources is only 285 m3 per head, while groundwater abstraction, pumped at 26 billion m3/year , exceeds recharge by 7.2 billion m3 /yr. Beyond that, surface water is overused by 2.4 billion m3/yr. This overexploitation, totalling 9.6 billion m3/yr, has resulted in serious environmental degradation."

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