The US$62 billion South-North Water Diversion project is an epic, multi-decade project designed to bring clean water to Beijing.
Beijing is in need of sufficient water supply for its population of 17 million. The growth of the city is expected to double in the next 40 years.
Officials are building a giant network of aqueducts, canals and tunnels which will snake thousands of kilometers across the country. The system will drain water from the flood-plagued valleys of the south as well as the snow-capped mountains to the east.
Mother Nature Network quotes Yang Sheya, an engineering supervisor, as saying, "It is a little like building the tunnel under the English Channel to connect France and England — except we’re moving water, not vehicles."
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