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On December 12, 2014, the first phase of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project's central route was officially completed. By 8 am on May 13, the water level in front of the sluice gate of the Taocha Canal Headworks had reached 159.28 meters (National Elevation Benchmarks of 1985) while 147.61 meters behind the gate, with a water-level difference of 11.67 meters and a flow volume of 351.71 cubic meters per second, surpassing its target of 350 cubic meters per second. Since December 12, 2014, a total of 38.006 billion cubic meters of water has been transferred, the amount of which is equivalent to that of more than 2 thousand West Lake in Hangzhou.
The Danjiangkou Reservoir. [Photo provided to dahe.cn]
Over the past six years, the water quality of the Danjiangkou Reservoir has always maintained above the standard of China's Environmental Quality Standard for Surface Water (Type II), meeting the requirements of water diversion. The proportion of water flowing into the main canal that meets the standard of China's Environmental Quality Standard for Surface Water (Type I) has increased from 21.6 percent five years ago to more than 82.2 percent at present, an increase of more than 60.6 percent, showing an improving trend in water quality. (Chinese source: dahe.cn Translator: Zhao Hanqing Proofreader: Bai Yujie)