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pau809150 : Chinas mega water diversion project begins testing

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  • Chinas mega water diversion project begins testing (2013-04-16)
  • The South-to-North water diversion project aimed at preventing water shortages has had no shortage of problems and criticism. When it is completed, it will be one of the worlds biggest feats of engineering. Chinas South-to-North Water Diversion Project, initially a vision of Maos, will take water from the south of the country to the arid northern region, including the capital Beijing, which suffers from water shortages. The ambitious project has been under construction since 2002 and it is expected to take almost 50 years for all sections to be complete. It aims to pump almost 45 billion cubic metres of water a year to the north, equivalent to the water flow in the Yellow River in northern China. The water will be pumped from the Yangtze river and its basin. Testing started last week on the first phase of the eastern part of the project and according to the state-controlled newspaper China Daily, this part of the project will start operation later this year. This phase will transfer water from Jiangdu in Jiangsu Province which is located on the Yangtze River to Shandong Province along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It is also planned that there will be a middle route and a western route. The middle route is expected to begin operating next year and will supply water from Hubei province to cities in the north including Beijing and Tianjin. The western route, which is supposed to use water diverted from the upper reaches of the Yangtze to replenish the Yellow River, has been besieged with problems and is still at planning stages.    Photo by Imaginechina
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