Officials and experts yesterday called for preparatory steps to be taken in the construction of the final west route of the south-to-north water diversion project, to bring much needed water to parched Northwest China.
Once completed the project will carry urgently needed water from southern China through a series of canals to the dry northern provinces, ensuring a supply for farming and industry.
Work began on the project’s east and middle routes in 2002. But construction of the final west route, which is hampered by the difficulties of crossing the 3,000 – 5,000 metre-high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is not scheduled to begin until 2010. [full text]
See also Water Technology.net’s introduction of South-to-North Water Diversion Project [link]; – People’s Daily’s “Beijingers Able to Drink Water from Yangtze River in 2007” [link]; – China Daily’s “Liang Chao: 400,000 to relocate for water project” [link]