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Plenty of improved drinking water in city

WATER shortages will no longer be a headache for residents this summer and they will get better quality tap water, with the last of the city's four upgraded water treatment plants starting operation yesterday, according to Shanghai's water supply department.

Department Director Chen Yuanming said yesterday the city would need a maximum 10 million cubic meters of water per day this summer, while yesterday only about 6 million cubic meters was consumed.

He said the city's water supply now has a daily capacity of 10.69 million cubic meters.

The Pudong New Area, however, might still suffer water shortages on hot days so water will be pumped from Puxi to Pudong, Chen said.

The city's water quality has been improved since last summer with the upgrading of four treatments plants, including one in Songjiang District which resumed operations yesterday.

The plants have been equipped with advanced water-treatment systems, which use biologically activated carbon to remove organic substances in the water and improve its color and smell, while ultraviolet light disinfection has also been introduced to eliminate microorganisms.

Songjiang water has now reached drinking water standard, although Chen didn't recommend residents drink it directly from the tap because of possible contaminants in the pipes.

"Various kinds of microorganisms and bacteria may exist in the pipes and taps in your home," Chen said.


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