Author­i­ties pre­pare to keep city quenched

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Xu Lingchao and Shi Shangquan

WA­TER author­i­ties in Shang­hai are pre­par­ing for a sea­sonal surge in wa­ter con­sump­tion, which they ex­pect to start on Fri­day and con­tinue into sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai SMI Wa­ter Group, daily wa­ter con­sump­tion in down­town Shang­hai could reach as high as 6.4 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters dur­ing peak sea­son, down from last year’s high of 7.07 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters.

A staff mem­ber from the wa­ter group said the ex­pected de­crease in con­sump­tion may be partly due to a city­wide cam­paign to de­mol­ish il­le­gal build­ings which drove some peo­ple out of down­town ar­eas.

SMI is also work­ing to en­sure the qual­ity of lo­cal wa­ter. Con­trol­ling al­gae is a par­tic­u­lar con­cern dur­ing sum­mer, when high temperatures in­crease the risk of con­tam­i­na­tion.

The group is now ap­ply­ing bi­o­log­i­cal treat­ment and fil­tra­tion sys­tems to keep al­gae out of wa­ter sup­plies.

The group has also ar­ranged drills to pre­pare for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions dur­ing sum­mer.

Mean­while, the clean­ing of wa­ter tanks and pipe­lines in res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties will be finished be­fore the end of next week.

The con­struc­tion of new wa­ter plants and pumps is also in full swing, with three plants re­cently com­pleted in sub­ur­ban Shang­hai.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Bureau, this sum­mer will be hot­ter than av­er­age, with at least 25 days ex­pected to hit temperatures above 35 de­grees Cel­sius, that’s at least 10 days more than the pre­vi­ous av­er­age.

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