The North China Plain is home to about 42 percent of China's population, but it has only about 8 percent of the country's water resources. The government hopes that a large-scale water diversion project will help offset water shortages. Already, the project's western route has been scuttled.
SOURCE: nsbd.gov.cn; International Water Management Institute; United Nations Human Development Report, 2006; Population data: Landscan 2004 and United Nations Population Division
As economy booms, China faces major water shortage Article | BEIJING -- A decade ago, China's leaders gave the go-ahead to a colossal plan to bring more than 8 trillion gallons of water a year from the rivers of central China to the country's arid north. The project would have erected towering dams, built hundreds of miles of pipelines and tunnels, and cre...