Due to the seeping of salt tides, the chloride concentration in the water at many reservoirs along the Yangtze river estuary in Shanghai exceeded the standard. The incident caused panic among Shanghai citizens, and many began to stock up on water. Shanghai officials then refuted the rumor, but citizens said that officials have refuted the rumors, so hurry up stock up on water.

Earlier, netizens posted a screenshot of a chat with Shanghai government officials, saying that the water in the three major reservoirs in Shanghai are depleted, because of the drought upstream the water cannot be replenished, and the quality of tap water is way below the standard. As the 20th National Congress of the CCP closes in, this news has not been announced. These netizens appeal to everyone to stock up on bottled water. 

Shanghai Citizens Do Not Believe Official Announcement

On the evening of October 11, the official account of the Shanghai Water Affairs Bureau announced that the Yangtze river estuary has experienced salt tide infiltration since early September. But refuted the rumor and said that “the production and supply of tap water is normal, and the water quality is up to standard.” On the same day, Shanghai’s official Weibo “Shanghai Release” also confirmed that the water supply in Shanghai was normal.

A Salt tide pushing up the river refers to the junction where the rivers and sea meet. When the flow of freshwater upstream is insufficient, seawater will pour into the estuary, thereby forming a salt tide. These salt tide can lead to increased chloride concentrations in water.

After that, the authorities said that the water cutoff announcement was only for routine operations such as cleaning the pipes and water tanks, which temporarily affected a small number of areas. The supply of domestic and industrial water in Shanghai is stable, and there are no plans to cut off or limit water. However, citizens believed that the water quality problem was real.

In March, Shanghai officials declared that the city would not be locked down and there was no need to hoard supplies. But then the city was immediately locked down. The sudden lockdown led to many secondary disasters: People starved to death, others died of illnesses, they committed suicide due to mental breakdown, and pregnant women were beaten.

Chloride concentration exceeds standard, Shanghai citizens store water

A Shanghai citizen by the name of Ma, told an Epoch Times reporter on the evening of October 11 that the news of the water quality is considered to be true. “Qing Cao Lake is a very important water source for us, accounting for almost half of Shanghai’s water. Thus, half of Shanghai’s people are affected.”

Another Shanghai citizen by the name of He said, “If the news spreads, we won’t be able to find clean water or mineral water.”

Weibo photos (Photo 1, Photo 2) show that Shanghai residents either buy water in supermarkets or on online. A netizen said that “many people in Shanghai are stocking up on water” and pointed out that some specific drinking water brands are out of stock.

On the October 12, Shanghai citizens posted a video saying that the water in their homes was cut off.

Epoch Times reporters found that the official Weibo account of the Shanghai Water Supply Management Office, began to publish information on water outages on October 8, and continued until the October 11, saying, “Several water sources are expected to be cut off.”

In early August, monitoring showed that the chloride concentrations in rivers outside the sluice gates such as Sanjiagang along the Yangtze river estuary in Pudong continued to “exceed the standard.” Since August 15, chloride concentrations in the water intakes of Dongfeng Xisha and Qingcaosha at the mouth of the Yangtze river have exceeded the standard. On September 5, the chloride concentration in the water intakes of Qingcaosha and Dongfeng Xisha both exceeded 250 mg/L for two consecutive hours; From 4:00 p.m. on September 14, the water volume of the Chenhang reservoir also experienced some saline intrusion.

According to the report, this year’s salt tide came early, lasted a long time, and had a greater impact. The main reason was the continuous drought in the Yangtze River Basin and the lack of water in the upper reaches. In early September, sea water poured into the mouth of the Yangtze.

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