A major project in China, to divert 10 billion cubic metres of water from the south of the country to the north in attempt to reduce water shortages in the northern regions, is proving to be a huge success.
The north has suffered regular drought conditions, which has impacted on agriculture. In addition an increase in manufacturing and population growth has seen higher demand for water.
The government have plans to quadruple the movement of water to northern regions, in what is a highly enterprising project but one that is worthwhile. The amount of water being moved is equal to around 7% of the consumption for the whole of China.
The water is moved along three routes using a collection of pumps, canals and pipes. One course takes water from the Yangtze, China’s longest river to Beijing, and the provinces of Henan and Hebei.
These projects show just how far China has advanced in recent years. However they still face water shortages due to its influx of industry and ever increasing population.
The aim now is to reduce waste water and increase efficiency in a never ending battle to supply water to its people, farmers and industry.
Source : Reuters
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