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Cleaner water supplies for downtown residents

MORE than 5 million people in downtown Shanghai yesterday began using cleaner tap water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir on Changxing Island in the Yangtze River.

Residents in Huangpu, Jing'an, Luwan, Hongkou, Yangpu districts and part of Zhabei and Putuo districts, as well as Pudong's Lujiazui area, will find their tap water "brighter, with a purer taste," said Zhao Pingwei, deputy director of city's Water Supply Inspection Center.

Water pipes and heaters in their homes will also be more durable because less limescale will form on pipes, he said.

The new supply from the reservoir will reduce the smell of chlorine in tap water.

Water from the Yangtze is cleaner than water from the Huangpu River, which currently supplies most of the city's tap water. However, even the cleaner water is not drinkable unless boiled.

Homes on the third floor or below can draw fresh water directly from the city's pipelines, but those on higher floors get water from tanks on the top of their buildings.

Another 1.5 million residents in Pudong will receive Qingcaosha water from April 15. About 2.2 million residents in Xuhui, Changning and part of Minhang, Qingpu and Putuo districts will start getting water from the reservoir by June 15.


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