Taolinkou Reservoir management project in China

Published: 14 June 2018

A Dutch delegation, led by the vice-governor Mrs. Jeannette Baljeu from Province Zuid-Holland (PZH), visited the Taolinkou Reservoir at Hebei Province in China last month. The main purpose of the visit was to launch the key project on hydrological forecasting and reservoir optimization of Taolinkou reservoir. This project is under the bilateral cooperation between PZH and Hebei province in the field of water and the project duration is 2 years. The technical parties involved in the project are Taolinkou Reservoir Authority (TRA), Hebei Provincial Institute of Water Resources (HPIWR) and Deltares.

The mission started with a visit to the dam, followed by a detailed introduction of the dam and reservoir by Mr. Lv Baoliang, Director of TRA. A meeting was organized at the office building of the Reservoir afterwards, looking back the steps taken before reaching an agreement and looking forward to a successful project and cooperation. Deltares showed the first model results of the hydrological model (WFlow) using open data. The mission ended with a contract signing ceremony witnessed by both provinces, which marked as the official launching of the project. This is the first reservoir management in China that Deltares is leading. Several Deltares software will be applied to the project, such as WFlow, RTC-Tools and Delft-FEWS.

Taolinkou Reservoir

Taolinkou Reservoir is located in Qinglong County at Hebei Province. It sits on the Qinglong River, a tributary of the Luan River. The total catchment area is 5060km2. The reservoir is a large water conservancy project with comprehensive utilization for water supply, irrigation, power generation and flood control. The total reservoir capacity is 859 million m3. The main purpose of the reservoir is to provide drinking water for Qinhuangdao City, to provide agricultural irrigation water for the middle and lower catchments of the Luan River, and to undertake flood control tasks for the small and medium size floods downstream. The reservoir is an important infrastructure in the eastern region of Hebei Province and has played a significant role for regional economic development since it was put into operation.