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The South-to-North Water Diversion Project

The South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China is the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The project involves drawing up to 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water from southern rivers and supplying it to the dry north through three canal systems: the Eastern Route, the Central Route, and the Western Route. It is planned for completion in 2050.

In February, a key portion of the Central Route near Xiangyang, Hubei province, successfully concluded its first trial water delivery. The ongoing construction will connect a total of nine rivers in the region. This has drawn the interest of many schools, including Beijing No. 8 Middle School who created the posters below:

School engagement with this project has provided an opportunity for students to engage with a large-scale water engineering project, and learn first-hand about issues related to water quality, conservation, and consumption. In the “Green Han River” project, schools from Beijing and Hubei learned about the background of the project, developed activities, took water samples of various rivers and shared their results. Also, students from Xiangyang No. 38 Middle School and volunteers from the Green Han River group went to the Danjiangkou dam and documented their experience.