Water Scarcity, Price Close Beijing Pools

From Reuters

Swimming pools in Beijing have been forced to stay closed this summer because of the soaring cost of scarce water, the China Daily said Wednesday.

The city has increased charges for water use but forbids the public pools to raise their admission fees, making it unprofitable to open, it quoted pool managers as saying.

It said one pool has reopened as a dry roller-skating rink, while sales of swimming suits have slumped in the capital.

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