The waterfall operates by electrically pumping water down the side of a skyscraper using four 185kW pumps at a cost of $117 per hour. Due to this high cost it is only used for special occasions. The water tank lies at the bottom of the Liebian Building, a hotel in the southwestern city of Guiyang. The project faced significant engineering challenges during its construction but now that it is accomplished, its popularity is growing rapidly. The waterfall is managed by Guizhou Ludiya Property Management Co. and is designed to be a tourist attraction.
Not everybody is satisfied with the new project. Some locals believe that it is a waste of resources. A resident said: ''Whose idea was it to put a waterfall on the building? It's a terrible idea. They should really conserve energy instead of wasting it like that.'' However, Mr. Cheng, a spokesperson for the property, told Kan Kan News that the main water source is from recycled tap water, rain water or from other channels. ''Our building has a four-store underground water storage and drainage system, from which the water is pumped and recycled. The electricity bill for just one hour of operation is a whopping 800 yuan ($117). That's why we don't switch on the waterfall every day - only for special festivities in the city. And each time, the waterfall is set to run for only about 10 to 20 minutes to save electricity'' he states.