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Residents in plea for better water source

RESIDENTS in a district with 730,000 inhabitants are calling on the city government to get them better tap water.

For while many parts of Shanghai now receive tap water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir at the mouth of the Yangtze River, residents in Jinshan District rely on the local Huangpu River.

They say that faces contamination threats and is unreliable.

Jiading District, with a population of 1.47 million, also receives supplies from the Huangpu but is due to be added to the Qingcaosha pipeline next year.

But Jinshan will have to rely on local sources for the foreseeable future. Legislators have now submitted proposals to the city government in a bid to get better water for the district.

In the past 15 months, downtown districts such as Jing'an, Xuhui and Huangpu, as well as Pudong New Area, have benefited from the ongoing program to improve water quality.

Qingcaosha Reservoir is cleaner than the Huangpu River and less affected by seasonal factors.

Water for Jinshan is taken from upper parts of the Huangpu.

Residents complain they suffer from frequent shortages, especially in summer, and are concerned that waterways where their water is taken from are open to shipping.

They fear that in the event of an accident chemical spillages could threaten water safety.

Following complaints, legislators launched an investigation.

They discovered that the stretches of the Huangpu from where water is taken are not only open to shipping but have industrial plants and farmland along the banks - further sources of possible pollution.

Local water authorities estimate that 500 million yuan (US$79.38 million) is needed to fund improvement efforts, such as having all farming businesses and factories closed down or relocated and building new water projects at safer locations.


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