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Reservoir to bring clean water to Chongming residents

SHANGHAI began to build a reservoir today on its northern Chongming Island to improve water quality there. The Dongfengxisha Reservoir on the island's southwest bank will store water from the Yangtze River, Shanghai Water Authority says.

It is Shanghai's second largest water project after the Qingcaosha Reservoir and is scheduled for completion by January 2014. The new reservoir can supply clean tap water to the island's 700,000 or so residents.

A 12-kilometer dam will be built to form 3.74-square-kilometer reservoir, which takes no land from surrounding farms and nearby Xisha wetland, officials say.

Currently, island residents are drinking brackish water from wells and rivers.


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