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China diverts 10 billion cubic metres of water to arid north

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Ambitious project aims to counteract effects of drought and rising demand
China has transferred 10 billion cubic meters of fresh water from the country’s south to its drought-prone north in the few years since a massive water diversion project came on stream, authorities said on Tuesday.
In recent decades, water supplies in north have been affected by protracted droughts as well as rising demand caused by a surging population, agriculture and unprecedented manufacturing growth.
China ultimately aims to supply 44.8 billion cubic meters annually to the north via the ambitious water diversion project.
That figure would be about seven per cent of the volume of water consumed by the entire country in 2015.
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The expensive engineering project, which involves transferring water from the south via three major routes, was first mooted as early as the 1950s.

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