China Turns to the Sea for Fresh Water
On the shores of Bohai Bay near the industrial city of Tangshan, construction has begun on an engineering project ambitious even by Chinese standards. Starting in 2019, the facility will remove salt from 120,000 tons of seawater each day. The result will be 50,000 tons of potable water, to be piped 170 miles to Beijing. The capital, located in the arid northeast, has scarce rainfall and dwindling water reserves.