After a long drought, rivers have dried up. In Shanghai there was information that the water source in 3 large reservoirs had dried, causing seawater to flow up river and into reservoirs, resulting in a drinking-water crisis.

An October 10 screenshot of a conversation with a Shanghai government insider about water shortages in Shanghai went viral on Weibo. The informant revealed that the water from three large reservoirs in Shanghai has been exhausted, due to the drought, making it impossible to replenish water. Currently, industrial water sources are difficult to secure, and regular tap water is of such poor quality, it is far below the standard. The approaching 20th National Congress has hampered full disclosure. Leaders of water affairs in Shanghai say they do not know when the situation will improve. The insider urged people to stock up on bottled water as a precaution.

Zhu Jinhua, a Shanghai resident, in an interview with RFA said that while the media reported on the drought, the news of the water shortages in Shanghai’s reservoirs came suddenly. She did not see any media coverage about it. Zhu said, “I never heard of water quality problems, Shanghai this year didn’t have much rain, only drizzle. It doesn’t rain heavily, compared to previous years. Now I want to order bottled water.”

According to RFA, a netizen wrote, “I saw someone hoarding water in the middle of the night. Now even drinking water is not safe anymore.”

NTDTV reported that the news has aroused public concern. Some local netizens said they were preparing to order bottled water. Another netizen left a message, “People continue to stock up on vegetable and meat. And they will start hoarding water again.”

Due to the seeping of salty tides into the reservoir, it is difficult to get water from water sources in Shanghai, according to a Caixin report on October 11. The water department is taking many emergency measures to ensure a normal water supply in the city, such as switching to alternative water sources, and transferring water from one place to another place. 

Qingcaosha Reservoir and Chenhang Reservoir have closed for water intake at some time

According to the report, due to the drought in the Changjiang River basin, the water inflow from upstream continues to decrease, and the seeping of saline tides at the mouth of the Yangtze is becoming more and more severe. Changjiang, which is located at the mouth of the river, is facing a water crisis, Zhihu reported that according to supervisors at the Changjiang water supply authority. The water intake at the Qingcaosha reservoir at the mouth of the Changjiang River has seeping saline since 10 p.m. on September 5, while the lake Chenhang’s warehouse has also experienced seeping since 4 p.m. on September 14. The two reservoirs closed their intakes at set times. The difficulty of getting water from two large reservoirs, has greatly affected Shanghai’s water supply.

Two weeks ago, Shanghai City News reported that the Changjiang River basin is dry, an unusual phenomena during flood season. The amount of water from the Changjiang River broke its historic low point during the same period and was affected by a storm, “The inflow of saltwater into the Changjiang estuary caused saline tides at the reservoir inlets Qingcaosha and Chenhang reservoir. Currently, Shanghai has applied measures such as supporting additional water sources from the two rivers and converting alternative water sources to reduce raw water consumption of the Changjiang River Reservoir. The city’s raw water supply remains normal and orderly.”

Shanghai residents: The tap water has turned salty

Li Xingsheng, a Shanghai resident, said in an interview with Creaders News that the regime will report the water shortages and worsening water quality in Shanghai, only as a last resort. The government won’t tell the public that drinking water is substandard and people can taste the salt in the water, so it must be seawater entering the reservoir. Because this is related to people’s daily lives, there will be no type of news like this. If that were to happen, people would buy out all mineral water and pure water.

According to VCT News, some netizens believe that due to this month’s 20th National Congress, in order to avoid public worry and protests, Shanghai will not publish this news unless it is a last resort. Currently, Shanghai is using dredgers and sand ships to transfer water from the Yangtze to Nantong, Jiangsu Province, and then transport it to Shanghai. As for the water quality problem in Shanghai, a solution has not yet been found.

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