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Residents' water supply concern

RESIDENTS have voiced concern that water-purifying systems installed by developers in residential complexes in Shanghai are vulnerable to being tampered with.

Water-purifying systems, including supply pipes and processing machine terminals, have been appearing in an increasing number of residential complexes.

Some developers provide such facilities to further purify tap water before sending it to households as a way of attracting buyers.

However, locals say that as the units are poorly secured, they can be easy targets for anyone seeking to contaminate the water supply.

Householders in a residential complex completed in 2000 in Xuhui District have complained about the risk.

"The purifying system is shared by all households. But we seldom see it maintained or checked," said Chen Liu-hong, a mechanical engineer who lives there.

He said water processing terminals were relatively unprotected and there were no surveillance measures. "For anyone coming with the intention of poisoning the water, the lock on the glass door is too easy to break," he said.

Shentu Guangzhu, an official with Shanghai Health Bureau, said it would test tap water purifying systems and advise residents of the quality of the water.

Sun Jin, an official with Shanghai House and Land Administrative Bureau, said they would order property management companies to carry out daily patrols around such facilities, keep records and report any safety risks.


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