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Reservoirs reopen to Yangtze

SHANGHAI’S major reservoirs resumed taking water from the Yangtze yesterday afternoon after samples collected from the upper reaches of the river tested clear, officials said.

The Qingcaosha and Chenhang reservoirs, which supply tap water to more than 70 percent of the city’s residents, closed their intake gates at the weekend after a strange odor was detected in the Yangtze that led to supplies being suspended in neighboring Jingjiang, east China’s Jiangsu Province, the Shanghai Water Authority said.

“Even when the supply was suspended in Jingjiang there was no suggestion of contamination in Shanghai, but the intake gates were closed as a precaution,” an official said.

With a capacity of 438 million cubic meters, Qingcaosha holds enough water to supply Shanghai for 68 days. Its water quality is protected by a comprehensive monitoring system designed to prevent all forms of pollution, said its operator Shanghai Chengtou Group.

“Qingcaosha is a clean water resource, and its quality is very stable,” said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

In Jingjiang, the regular tap water supply was switched back on at 10:50am yesterday after samples met with national standards.


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