From: Associated Press
Published November 7, 2005 12:00 AM

China's Biggest Desalination Plant Opens Amid Efforts To Ease Water Shortage

BEIJING — China's biggest seawater desalination plant has begun operation at a power station on its southeastern coast amid efforts to ease nationwide water shortages, a news report said Saturday.

The facility in Yuhuan County in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, can produce 1,440 tons (374,400 gallons) of fresh water per hour for use in generating electricity, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China's government announced a target last month of using desalination to produce up to 1 billion liters (250 million gallons) of water per day by 2010 for industrial use in coastal areas.

That would cover 16-24 percent of the water needed by factories, power plants and other industrial facilities in those areas.

The government says China is among the world's driest countries when measured in terms of water supply per person for its population of 1.3 billion. Hundreds of cities and towns regularly suffer drinking-water shortages.

The 200 million yuan (US$25 million; euro20 million) facility in Yuhuan County draws water from the Yellow Sea, Xinhua said.

Source: Associated Press

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