Water pollution is threatening China’s oldest hydropower station — built nearly a century ago — and has forced it to halt operation several times.
The Shilongba Power PlantÔºàÁü≥ÈæôÂùùÁîµÁ´ôÔºâ, located in the western suburbs of Kunming, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, was built in 1908 using German technology and equipment, said deputy director Tian Jinghua.
It draws freshwater from Dianchi Lake to generate power, Tian said. But it has had to suspend operation several times in recent years because of water pollution, he said. Chemical plants on the upper reaches of the Tanglangchuan River have been discharging acidic effluents into the lake. [Full Text]
read related Chinese report from Dianchi Morning News: “Three Times Stopped Production Due to Water Pollution,” which says, “Because of the exceeding acidic in water from the upper branch, Shilongba power station had to stop prodection to protect the expensive equipment. So far, this has been the third time for Shilongba to stop production due to water pollution..”
(Photo from Stephen Voss‘ stream of “River Pollution in China”)