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Shanghai protects purity of water supply

SHANGAI will step up efforts to protect the city's drinking water sources with a new water protection regulation passed by the legislative authority.

Ports handling dangerous cargos will be demolished and ships carrying hazardous materials will be banned from areas near water sources, according to Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.

Under the new regulation, protection zones will be set up around four drinking water sources - Qingcaosha and Dongfengxisha areas in Chongming County, Chenhang Reservoir in Baoshan District and upstream of the Huangpu River in Qingpu District.

Four major reservoirs, including Qingcaosha and Chenhang, will supply the city's water while smaller sources across Shanghai will be closed by 2015 to prevent pollution, authorities said.

From next year, 70 percent of the city's drinking water will be provided by the three major sources other than the upper course of the Huangpu.

Meanwhile, companies carrying dangerous cargo will be encouraged to buy accident insurance. Compensation will be used to purify the water in case of disaster, authorities said.


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