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Chongming reservoir to ease locals’ water woes

THE new Dongfengxisha Reservoir on Chongming Island is set to open next month, its developer said yesterday.

The facility, located in the island’s southwest, is designed to provide clean drinking water to 700,000 residents, an official with the Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute said.

Spanning 3.74 square kilometers and featuring a 12-km-long dam, the reservoir is the second-largest in Shanghai, after Qingcaosha.

Construction began in November 2011 and despite its size, the project was specifically designed to ensure no land was taken from neighboring farms.

According to the Shanghai Water Authority, by 2015, 70 percent of the city’s drinking water will be provided by the Qingcaosha and Chenghang reservoirs, both of which are served by the Yangtze River.

By 2020, the Dongfengxisha facility will be able to provide a stable supply of 215,000 cubic meters of water per day.

Currently, many people living on Chongming have no option but to drink brackish water from wells and inland rivers, 90 percent of which are tributaries of the Yangtze.



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