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Water starts flowing from Danjiangkou reservoir to Beijing

CCTV.comUpdated: December 12, 2014

Friday is an important day for China's South-North water transfer project, with water beginning to flow from the Danjiangkou reservoir in central China to Beijing.

Photo taken at central China's Henan Province on Oct. 23, 2014 shows a canal of the south-to-north water diversion project. [Photo/Xinhua]

The water will travel more than 1,400 kilometers before it reaches the capital. The channel takes advantage of natural geographic conditions, so the water can flow by itself, at a speed of one meter per second. It will take 17 days to complete the whole journey. Water quality will be monitored by the minute to ensure that it reaches or exceeds the country's second best water quality level.

Photo taken on Oct. 21, 2014 shows the sluice of a canal of the south-to-north water diversion project in Xichuan County, central China's Henan Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

It's the biggest project of its kind in the world.