Hengshui residents will have more access to clean fresh water from southern China, as the planned 12 facilities and pipes used to carry out the South-North Water Diversion Project have already finished construction.
To solve the problem of a regional imbalance of water resources in China, the central government launched the South-North Water Diversion Project, the largest national water conservation project. The project aims to channel 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually from the Yangtze River in southern China to the dry, industrialized north.
Hengshui, which is located in North China’s Hebei province, is in much need of extra water from the south.
Hengshui city constructed 12 water facilities to receive fresh water delivered from Yangtze River. Currently, all the facilities have commenced trial operations. As of the middle of April, Hengshui obtained over 25 million cubic meters of fresh water from the South-North Water Diversion Project, accounting for around 27 percent of Hengshui’s annual water delivery plan, according to information from Hengshui’s department in charge of water delivery.
To ensure water safety, Hengshui established an office to deal with water delivery systems; a mechanism which tackles water delivery problems was also established, where staff members will supervise working conditions of the water facilities day and night, and use WeChat to discuss potential issues.
The next step for Hengshui city is to carry out a water regulation plan--mainly using diverted water from Yangtze River as domestic and industrial water, and reduce exploitation of groundwater.