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Blue tap water is safe, say officials

BLUE tap water reported by alarmed city residents is safe for use, water authority officials insisted yesterday.

Householders alerted the Shanghai Water Bureau after noticing that tap water had a blue hue when viewed in natural daylight.

Officials said the water, from the new cleaner source of Qingcaosha Reservoir, has a blue color after disinfecting. This means the water is "better quality," said bureau officials.

The "blue water" drama began earlier this month. A resident surnamed Zhang from Hongkou District noticed a blue tinge to his tap water and asked the water company to conduct checks. Zhang's neighbors also reported the same phenomenon.

Zhang said his family would buy mineral water for the time being.

Shanghai tap water is not suitable for drinking unless boiled, officials said.


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