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Alas, water coolers of Shanghai – your days may be numbered? The Shanghai Water Authority announced last night that the city’s water supply system will be altered next year to draw water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir, which is much cleaner than the Huangpu River.
Once the 17 billion RMB reservoir project is completed next year, 70% of the city – in Changning, Xuhui, Luwan, Jing’an, Hongkou and Yangpu will benefit from the new source of water. Those in farther out districts (and around the Bund) will still be stuck with the less clean version.
Construction of the Qingcaosha Reservoir, which draws water from the Yangtze, began in late 2007. It’ll be Shanghai’s biggest feeding reservoir and is expected to supply 7.19 million cubic meters of tap water each day, enough for about 10 million people. The water will pass the country’s standards for drinking, say government officials.
Not that it matters, because Shanghai tap water is supposedly at drinkable levels already, apparently. We guess that heavy metal taste must just be a problem with our pipes.