Chinese Mainland Supplies Water to Kinmen
The Chinese mainland plans to supply 34,000 cubic meters of water per day to Kinmen Island, a Taiwan-controlled island off the coast of Fujian Province, from August 5.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the watersupply project aims to relieve an aggravated water shortage in Kinmen where the per capita drinking water resources only amount to 1,000 cubic meters, 700 cubic meters below the international line of water stress. To increase supply, Kinmen had tried to transport water from Taiwan and desalinate sea water, but both failed due to high costs and low efficiency. Now, Kinmen is on the verge of being flooded and contaminated with sea water after having all but exhausted its groundwater reserves.
To pull Kinmen out of this predicament, the Chinese mainland has spent 388 million yuan (US$56.2M) to pump water from Longhu Lake, Fujian's second-largest lake, and transport it to Kinmen via a 28-kilometer submarine pipe system.
The project has been praised by Kinmen locals who have suffered from water shortages for around 20 years. The mainland has taken various steps to strengthen ties across the Strait. Just two days before the water-supply project began, the Chinese government announced it would no longer require permits required for Taiwan residents to work on the mainland.