Its digital management system is a 'wonder', but with communities battling over water use there's a long way to go before China's second-largest river is off life-support.

This article titled “Provincial tug-of-war waters down China’s Yellow river success story” was written by Jonathan Watts in Zhengzhou, for The Guardian on Tuesday 28th June 2011 13.48 UTC

On one wall of the control centre, a mosaic of TV screens flickers back and forth between the latest satellite photographs and rainfall projections. On another, a huge screen tracks the entire length of the Yellow river – China’s second-longest waterway – with real-time data from dozens of monitoring stations showing flow speed, pollution levels and reservoir volumes.

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