By Zhang Junmian
BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- The central route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project will begin to supply water to Beijing by the end of 2014, Chinanews.com reports.
The central route will divert water from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in the upper and mid-reaches of the Hanjiang River, to Henan, Hebei, Beijing and Tianjin.
The Danjiangkou Reservoir, located in Shiyan City of Hubei Province, has a reserving capacity of 29.05 billion cubic meters of water.
After completion, the central route will divert 9 billion cubic meters of water annually and transfer some 13 billion cubic meters of water annually on the long term.
The construction of the central line project began in December 2003.
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project requires the construction of three diversion routes, extending from south to north across the eastern, central and western parts of the country.