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Cleaner water comes on tap

RESIDENTS in downtown Luwan, Huangpu, Xuhui and Jing'an districts are enjoying better quality tap water today after the new Nanshi water plant swung into operation.

The builder of the project, which replaces a century-old water processing plant, said the first phase of the project was completed today and the plant is in production. The project has been underway since August 2007.

The old plant stopped production at the same time. Total investment in the renovation, which will have two phases, will amount to 1.15 billion yuan (US$168 million), according to its investor, state-owned Shanghai Chengtou Corporation.

The plant's daily supply capacity has improved from 400,000 to 500,000 cubic meters and the water quality will also be hugely improved, plant management said today.

Plant officials said the second phase of construction has already started and this will increase daily water supply by another 200,000 cubic meters in the near future.

The plant is located inside the 2010 World Expo area on the western bank of the Huangpu River, next to the Nanpu Bridge. All tap water for the western Expo site will come from this plant.

The new plant answers concerns about reducing pollutants involved in water processing, plant officials said.

"We have completed the new plant with the latest technology. Silt left by the water processing will be treated and will be more solid compared with previous practices. This means the silt can be carried away by vehicles and will not be discharged into the waterways," said Yu Xiao, an official with the plant today.

Officials said water supply facilities inside the World Expo Zone will be under 24-hour surveillance.


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