Situations, challenges and strategies of urban water management in Beijing under rapid urbanization effect

Liu, Wen and Chen, Weiping and Feng, Qi and Deo, Ravinesh C. (2019) Situations, challenges and strategies of urban water management in Beijing under rapid urbanization effect. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 19 (1). pp. 115-127. ISSN 1606-9749


As the capital and a major political hub for China, Beijing has undergone a rapid urbanization effect with significant population growth in recent years. At the same time, Beijing has also been suffering from severe water problems such as water scarcity, urban flooding and other issues related to water pollution. These have increasingly generated severe water problems and stymied the pace and scope of sustainable urban development. The critical challenges faced by water resource administrations pertains to the issues of sustainable management of water resources and the relevant actions to be put in place in order to address these water-related problems. In this study, the current water situation of Beijing is described in great detail focusing on water resource amounts, water supply, water consumption and water pollution changes analyzed from historical to recent years. The challenges of Beijing urban water management systems are also analyzed to offer possible solutions in light of the current trends. Finally, a number of useful strategies and action-oriented measures are provided for Beijing's urban water resource administration to assist them in overcoming the current water management challenges and for them to move towards a more sustainable developmental city.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © IWA Publishing 2019. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 02:34
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban flooding, urbanization, urban water management, water pollution, water scarcity
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2166/ws.2018.057

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