Well it might be time for the golf club and courses to change their brochures images from green to brown as new water use restrictions were announced last month according to this China Daily article. How will this affect your handicap? Probably won’t make a difference but if the golf course wants to keep their green looking lush then they will have to pay more taxes, which means that the final membership rates are definitely going to increase.
The golf courses aren’t the only causality as this restriction affects ski resorts, since the bid for the Winter Olympic has been won why not announce later that there’s a water shortage to give people their icy slopes. The restrictions will be determined by the location and the annual rainfall recordings.
In our July issue we featured ways to conserve water and help children learn ways to be more environmentally conscious about water use. Since 2005, Beijing has set up quotas for various industries to meet the water-saving initiative set up. There water-saving quotas are set up as over that limit then it becomes unsustainable.
Beijing is among a number of cities in China affected by water shortages. In 2014, the total water usage of the whole country reached 609.5 billion cubic meters, which almost reached the 2015 "red line" limit of 635 billion cubic meters set up by the government, above which water consumption levels are unsustainable.
Source: China Daily. Photo: Kipp Whittaker