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City’s power, water usage reaches peak level

power and water consumption reached a peak level yesterday as the mercury continued to torment the city.

The power usage spiked, reaching 29,400 megawatts as of 1:20pm yesterday — the highest in three years and the ninth record breaking this year, according to the Shanghai Power Electric Co Ltd, the city’s power supplier. The city is close to witnessing the longest period of high temperatures, leading to a surge in electricity usage, the company said.

“The city can still be assured of power supply as it has a total of 28,670 megawatts of electricity and another 1,900 megawatts of reserved electricity,” the company said.

The previous record high power usage was in 2010 when it reached 26,210 megawatts.

Shopping malls, hotels and office buildings are being advised to cut back on the use of air conditioners temporarily, especially during peak hours to ensure power for households, the company said yesterday.

Some 2,000 electricians are on standby round-the-clock.

The water usage also reached a record high of over 6.7 million tons, according to the Shanghai Water Authority.

Downtown water supply is assured as tap water in downtown areas and Changxing and Hengsha islands is supplied by the Qingcaosha Reservoir.

About 70 percent of the city’s population now gets its tap water from the Yangtze River, which is purified at the reservoir. Water plants in the outskirts have been told to assure sufficient supply.



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