South-to-North di­ver­sion project ben­e­fits 87 mil­lion peo­ple, eases cri­sis

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

The South-to-North Wa­ter Di­ver­sion project has ben­e­fited 87 mil­lion peo­ple while eas­ing the wa­ter cri­sis in North China, of­fi­cials said at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day to mark two years since the project be­gan.

Among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries is Li Wen­lan, a se­nior cit­i­zen liv­ing in south­west Bei­jing’s Feng­tai district. Li’s neigh­bor­hood now re­ceives wa­ter from the nearby Guo­gongzhuang wa­ter plant, a fa­cil­ity built specif­i­cally for re­ceiv­ing wa­ter from the trans­fer project.

“There is hardly any scale residue in the wa­ter now, and the wa­ter tastes quite sweet, as far as I’m con­cerned,” Li said. “We haven’t changed the mag­ne­sium rod in our wa­ter heater for two years, be­cause the ero­sion caused by wa­ter scale is much less than it used to be.”

“We used to get wa­ter from the vend­ing ma­chine down­stairs be­cause the tap wa­ter con- tained too much scale, al­though the ma­chine was only slightly bet­ter,” she added.

“Now, nearly 70 per­cent of the wa­ter run­ning in Bei­jing’s un­der­ground pipes comes from the di­ver­sion project,” said Liang Li, spokes­woman of Bei­jing Water­works Group, the city’s wa­ter provider. “Sta­tis­tics show that the hard­ness of pipe wa­ter — a met­ric show­ing the amount of po­ten­tial wa­ter scale — has dropped to about 120 mil­ligrams per liter, which

The project eases the scarcity in North China and im­proves the wa­ter se­cu­rity lev­els along the route.” E Jing­ping, di­rec­tor of the South-North Wa­ter Di­ver­sion Of­fice

is only one-third of what it used to be be­fore the project.”

Pan Shaoyun, a 78-year-old from Tian­jin, shares Li’s views.

“The wa­ter used to be yel­low­ish, which even­tu­ally turned ev­ery­one’s teeth yel­low,” Pan said. “Now, al­though I use a wa­ter dis­penser for drink­ing, be­cause it’s con­ve­nient to heat, I use tap wa­ter to cook meals and ev­ery­thing else.”

Song Bao­qiang, head of Tian­jin CGE Wa­ter, a ma­jor civil wa­ter provider in Tian­jin, said that their cost for pu­rifi­ca­tion chem­i­cals has dropped by nearly one-quar­ter.

China be­gan to build the project in 2002 after nearly 50 years of ex­pert eval­u­a­tions. The first stage of the eastern line of the project, which di­rects wa­ter from the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province to Shan­dong province, was launched in 2013. Ini­ti­ated one year later, the mid­dle line di­verts wa­ter from Dan­jiangkou Reser­voir at the bor­ders of He­nan and Hubei prov­inces to Bei­jing and Tian­jin through He­bei province.

“The project eases the scarcity in North China and im­proves the wa­ter se­cu­rity lev­els along the route,” said E Jing­ping, di­rec­tor of the SouthNorth Wa­ter Di­ver­sion Of­fice.

Liang Shuang con­trib­uted to this story.


Ivory inspection

Cus­toms of­fi­cers in Qing­dao, Shan­dong province, on Mon­day check ivory prod­ucts that were re­cently seized at Qing­dao Liut­ing In­ter­na­tional Air­port. A to­tal of 114 ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing 32 ivory prod­ucts and two items made of lion teeth, were found in the lug­gage of a pas­sen­ger who was re­turn­ing from Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, ac­cord­ing cus­toms of­fi­cials. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case is on­go­ing.

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