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New water source for suburban districts

A NEW cleaner water source for Shanghai will be completed by the end of 2015 and replace the current Huangpu River sources that supply tap water to five suburban districts.

The Taipu River in Qingpu District’s Jinze area is more reliable and will be less affected by the upstream water quality of the Huangpu River, said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

“The Taipu River is the cleanest branch of three major upstream rivers and has fewer risks of being polluted than the Huangpu,” Gu said.

The new water source will serve Qingpu, Songjiang, Jinshan, Fengxian and Minhang districts by early 2016.

In the first part of the project, the six water intakes in the districts will be linked via pipelines so that they can be closed in the event of pollution or contamination.

The Taipu River will also be a backup source for tap water for downtown Shanghai.

The city takes water mainly from the Huangpu River and the Qingcaosha Reservoir on the Yangtze River.

Meanwhile, the Dongfeng Xisha Reservoir, near Chongming Island, will begin supplying cleaner water to the island before March to benefit more than 700,000 Chongming residents.

By 2015, 70 percent of the city’s drinking water will be provided by Qingcaosha and Chenghang reservoirs.



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