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11 Car Washing in Beijing: Ostentatious Water Use vs. Utilization ofReclaimed Water

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In July 2012, reporters from the People's Daily conducted a random survey in the streets and communities of Beijing, and the result was astonishing: 76" of the interviewees were not aware of the severe water scarcity in Beijing, and none of them had any idea of the newly implemented measures of the Beijing Municipality on water conservation. To cope with the water crisis, Beijing has adopted a number of measures including water conservation, transference of water from outside the city, and reclamation of used water. However, ostentatious water use has not been contained in some industries due to irrational production and poor management. Bath centers, ski resorts, golf courses, and car washes are the worst offenders. In Beijing, the "mobile car wash" is quite popular. The water used is taken directly from the river and waste water is either discharged directly into the roadside sewer or poured onto the road.

Keywords: Beijing; mobile car wash; reclaimed water; water crisis



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