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Heat, population may hit suburbs' water pressure

SUBURBAN residents are likely to experience some unstable pressure at their water taps as surge in demand, including the usual summertime jump in consumption, stretches resources.

Unstable water pressure is mainly due to quick economic development and the increase in migrant population in outlying areas as construction of water facilities has lagged behind, said Chen Yuanming, deputy director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

The water supply is expected to be challenged in the Pudong New Area, the Pengpu area of Zhabei District, the Jiangqiao and Nanxiang areas of Jiading District, the Taopu area of Putuo District and the Xujing area of Qingpu District said Shen Aimin, deputy general engineer of Shanghai Chengtou Group, the city's biggest tap water operator.

Water supplies in urban areas, however, should not be affected, Shen said.

"It's possible for the pressure of the tap water in the involved areas to be unstable, but residents will not face any water shortage or failure," said Zhao Pingwei, deputy director of the control and water monitoring center.

From January to May, the daily output of local water plants rose by 1.48 percent, compared with the same period last year, reaching 5.68 million cubic meters.

The figure is likely to increase this summer and peak at 6.7 million cubic meters, about 2.2 percent more than last year's highest record, the authority said.

Summer temperatures are still likely to be a key factor in increased water consumption, Zhao said.

Shanghai is likely to experience 23 to 28 days with a high above 35 degrees Celsius, local weather forecasters said.


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