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Power supplier warns of delays in repairs

CITY residents should expect delays in power failure repairs, as the heat wave is placing extra demands on staff, the top official with the city’s power supplier said yesterday.

While the Shanghai Power Electric Co Ltd aims to send workers to local homes within an hour of emergency calls, currently it may take longer, said General Manager Feng Jun.

The city’s power failure hotline 95598 received more than 1,700 calls on major electricity problems every day between June 15 and July 31.

Some 98 percent of these problems were caused by breaks in fuses and trips, Feng said.

“And each neighborhood repair center also receives calls and sends workers to more than 1,200 calls every day, adding to  pressure,” Feng added.

But the number of calls has fallen by 60 percent compared to last year, due to improvements in the power infrastructure, Feng told the local summer time hotline yesterday.

Some 2,000 electricians and 340 vehicles are on standby around the clock, he added

Power usage reached around 28,000 megawatts several times recently Ñ the highest in three years, according to the power supplier.

“The city can be assured of its power supply as it has a total of 28,670 megawatts of electricity and another 1,900 megawatts of reserved electricity,” the company said.

The previous record high power usage was in 2010 when it reached 26,210 megawatts.

Meanwhile, the city’s top planning body is considering adjusting the basic electricity pricing system in summer.

The local government had said previously that a graduated tariff system would raise Shanghai electricity prices by an average of 4 percent but would leave most families unaffected.

The heat wave also saw water usage reach a record high of around 6.8 million tons yesterday.

About 70 percent of the city’s population now gets its tap water from the Yangtze River, which is purified at the reservoir.

Some outlying districts that still get water from the Huangpu River may face problems, the water authority said.

Water plants there have been working overtime to ensure supplies, said officials.



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