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Fudan students fear water contaminated

FUDAN University students are washing and brushing their teeth with bottled water as they fear tap water in their dormitories is contaminated.

Students have been complaining to university authorities about a strong smell of paint and oil when they turn on the taps.    

University officials said repair and maintenance work has been taking place on water pipes in the north part of the campus. This involved the use of thick paint, which may be a factor.

They also added that they have been asking water suppliers to improve the quality in summertime, without success.

A student, surnamed Zeng, told Shanghai Morning Post that the water supply was cut on July 14 due to the repair work.

Once it was reconnected, she noticed a smell of paint and engine oil when she washed.

Zeng said she complained to the university management commission, but the problem had not been fixed.

While before, she brushed her teeth and washed with tap water, she now only uses water from dispensers, Zeng said.

The management commission had advised students to avoid drinking the water for three days after the renovations, but the smell is still there two weeks on, Zeng said.

Another student said the smell is still strong even two hours after water has been poured into a container.

Numerous complaints were to be seen on the university’s bulletin board yesterday, with some students claiming they’d complained to lecturers, but were ignored. They called on more action over the incident. 

Fudan University official Tao Weishuo told Shanghai Daily yesterday that there are often problems with the water — which comes from Chongming County — during summer.

“We’ve talked with the suppliers many times, but the water doesn’t improve,” Tao said.

With regards to its repair work, the commission said it had tried using clean water to flush away the smell, but this had failed.

The commission said the smell should disappear in two or three days. It added that it would use odorless materials in future maintenance work.


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