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Macao tap water supply back to normal
Latest Updated by 2006-01-23 16:25:38
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The tap water supply in Macao is expected to return to normal today after the concentration of salt has reduced to normal, the China Daily's Web site reported Saturday.

The salt tide in Xijiang River, one of the three main tributaries of the Pearl River, had been tackled successfully after diversion, Macao Water Supply Co. Ltd. (MWC) Executive Director Franklin Willemyns said.

The salt concentration at Guangdong's Hongwan Pumping Station, the main source of Macao's water from Zhuxiandong Reservoir, had dropped below 300 milligrams per liter (mgpl) by Thursday.

As more freshwater flows into the reservoir, Willemyns said, the salt concentration will hopefully return to 250 mgpl, the upper limit set by the national standard.

The Central Government ordered an emergency flooding of Xijiang River at Guangdong's request early this month to push back a serious salt tide in its lower reaches that had deprived many cities of drinking water for much of the winter.

The flood created by waters from major reservoirs in the upper reaches of the river has yielded better results than expected in bringing freshwater to the lower reaches and forcing the salt tide back into sea.

Before the flood, the salt level in Zhuxiandong Reservoir was about 620 mgpl.

Willemyns said MWC expected the normal supply to resume Monday and the enclave would have more than enough untreated water in its main reservoir to last through the salinity crisis and the Spring Festival.

The reservoir should have little problem drawing in 10 million cubic meters of freshwater from Xijiang during the flooding, giving Macao and neighboring Zhuhai at least three weeks' supply.

The two cities normally consume about 600,000 cubic meters of water a day.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: Szdaily web edition
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