HARBIN, Nov. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The government of
Heilongjiang province is taking efforts to expand water supply for its capital
city, to cope with water shortage after the temporary water supply suspension
for the fear of possible river pollution, the provincial government announced
|People in Harbin rushed to
supermarkets for canned drinking
The provincial government has taken substantial
measures to tackle emergency problems caused by the acute water shortage, said
Zhang Zuoji, provincial governor, while addressing the provincial meeting
concerning temporary water stoppage.
More than 16,000 tons of bottled water is being
transported to Harbin, from adjacent cities and provinces, said Shen Liguo, vice
provincial governor, when listing the province's detailed measures.
Meanwhile, the city government
of Harbin also boosted local factories' bottled water production, said
Shi Wenqing, vice mayor of Harbin, noting that the daily maximum water
production of thesefactories could amount to 2,500 tons.
Shi said Harbin will also tap
the city's groundwater as the number of wells in the city had reached 918, with
a daily water supply of 32,000 tons. The city will also approve the proper
excavation of groundwater wells, Shi added.
For the emergency use of water, fire engines and
watering cartsfor water transport have been gathered, Shi said, adding the
one-time water transferring volume can reach 175 tons.
|People in Harbin store up water
by basins to cope with the water
Three to five water supply venues will be set up to
provide water of par value in each of the city's districts to avoid some
vendors' speculation of water on the market, Shi said. Meanwhile the municipal
government has ordered all bathhouses and car-wash facilities to suspend
As for the possible river contamination, a 24-hour
inspection of water has been launched, from 18 km up the Harbin segment of the
The Harbin municipal government has said in three
separate statements in the past two days that the local water supply will be cut
off for the fear that the blast of a chemical plant in the neighboring Jilin
province could cause a leakage of poisonous substances into the Songhua River,
the source of water supply for the city. Enditem