China begins work on $14bn Chongqing reservoir

The Qijiang river (MNXANL/CC BY-SA 4.0)
Work began on Saturday to construct a reservoir in central China’s Chongqing metropolitan region, website CGTN reports.

The Zaodu Reservoir project, which is expected to cost $14bn, will benefit more than 3.4 million residents when it is completed in 2027.

The work will involve building a 105m-high dam and a network of water pipelines.

The aim of the scheme is to improve water security, irrigation and flood control of towns along the Qijiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze.

According to CGTN, the reservoir will increase the region’s annual water supply by about 179 million cubic metres and a 94km-long network of pipes will irrigate an area of around 11,300ha.

A video of the scheme can be seen here.

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