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City acts to protect tap water

SHANGHAI has passed a new water protection regulation that will take effect in March.

The regulation stipulates that protection zones will be set up around the city's four major drinking water sources - Qingcaosha and Dongfengxisha reservoirs in Chongming County, Chenhang Reservoir in Baoshan District and the upper reaches of the Huangpu River in Qingpu District.

All of Shanghai's drinking water will be provided by these reservoirs after 2015 as small reservoirs across the city will be gradually shut, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said.

The bureau said the closure of small water sources is to ensure drinking water quality as some of these take water from low quality sources or even wells.

"The aim is to reduce the number of water sources so that we can better protect them," the bureau said in a press release yesterday.

From next year, 70 percent of the city's drinking water will be provided by the Qingcaosha, Dongfengxisha and Chenhang reservoirs, the bureau added.

Qingcaosha Reservoir will open next year and will provide high quality tap water for the 2010 World Expo site, the Shanghai Water Bureau said.

Although cargo ships will be banned in the Qingcaosha, Dongfengxisha and Chenhang reservoirs at the mouth of the Yangtze River, such vessels will still be able to sail on the Huangpu River.

But ports near drinking water sources that handle dangerous cargo will be banned from extending contracts or undergoing renovations as they will eventually be demolished, authorities said.

Ships carrying hazardous materials will be prohibited from areas near drinking water sources.


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