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Pipes and tanks set to get makeover

PIPELINES and water tanks in local homes will be cleaned to ensure that purer water from the new Qingcaosha Reservoir does not get polluted en route to taps, Shanghai Vice Mayor Shen Jun said yesterday.

The city's water authority will inspect the pipeline system before water from the reservoir reaches 10 million residents - half the city's population - by June 15, Shen said.

At present, 5.75 million people are using water from the 17-billion-yuan (US$2.58 billion) reservoir on the Yangtze River. This is cleaner than water from the Huangpu River, the current main source of tap water for the city.

The city has more than 200 million square meters of old residential houses with pipes that need renovating, said Gu Jinshan, deputy general manager of Shanghai Chengtou Corp, a major utilities company that owns most of the city's water plants.

Gu said the company had begun the work, which will take several years to complete.

Shen said water tanks also need cleaning as water is pumped into tanks on the top floor of local residential buildings to supply to residents above the third storey.

Management companies of local communities can dial the city's water supply hotline on 962740 for advice.


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