Digging Water Tunnels Starts Beneath Yellow River – Xinhua

Construction on the has begun. Projected to be finished in 2050, the Project will connect the Yangtze, Yellow, Huaihe and Haihe Rivers and be able to transport 44.8 billion m³ of water. Officials expect that the water tunnels will be functional enough in 2008 to divert water to the Beijing Olympics.

From Xinhua:

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A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Sunday as construction began on a pair of tunnels — part of the massive south-to-north water diversion project — that will traverse the Yellow River and bring Yangtze River water all the way to Beijing.

The two tunnels will be 4,250 meters long and have a diameter of seven meters. They will pass underneath the to the west of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan Province, according to builders. [Full Text]

See also an overview of the Project from Water Technology and from the Ministry of Water Resources in China.

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