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Aquatic center hits water supply

HUNDREDS of families in the Pudong New Area are suffering daily water shortages - after a plant was shut down to make way for the Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center project.

Residents in the Shanggang No. 9 residential community have endured low tap water pressure since late last month that has prevented them from taking showers, a neighborhood committee official told Shanghai Daily.

This becomes even worse at around 7pm when householders receive only a trickle of water, the official said.

The community's management company receives complaints daily, but workmen could find nothing wrong, said a manager, surnamed Ji.

However, the situation should improve from today, said a senior official with the Shanghai Water Supply Administration.

This is because four more water plants will begin using water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir on the Yangtze River. This will increase the city's overall water supply, making it easier to transfer water to areas in need - such as the Shanggang community. The authority had begun transferring water, said the official.

The Yangsi water plant that supplied water to the community was closed last Thursday. In its place, water came from Linjiang Water Plant, also in Pudong.

The Yangsi plant will be pulled down to give the land to the Aquatic Sports Center in Pudong for supporting infrastructure, the water official said.

The center, which will host the 14th FINA World Swimming Championship next July, was declared ready on Tuesday.

About 5 million residents in the city will start receiving water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir today.


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