On October 10, Shanghai citizens panicked when they learned that the water source for the city’s three main reservoirs is running low and that the water quality was affected by seawater coming in. The news spread quickly on the networks in leaked chats by Shanghai government staff.
At the same time, the Shanghai municipality announced that it would cut water supplies in some parts of the city.
Although officials claimed that the cuts were not related to lack of water, but to maintenance and cleaning, residents were suspicious of the Chinese regime’s announcements and went out that night to stock up on water.
In addition, a report, circulated on Weibo, reveals the difficulties authorities are facing in obtaining water for Shanghai are a result of the prolonged drought on the Yangtze river.
According to the report, as the water continues to recede, the situation of seawater seeping in to the mouth of the Yangtze has become increasingly severe.
The Shanghai water resources department said that the Qingcaosha reservoir intake in the Yangtze estuary has been experiencing constant saltwater seepage since September 5, as has the Chenhang reservoir since September 14, and for this reason both reservoirs were reportedly closed.
Shanghai Water Resources officials explained that since September 26, they have been monitoring the Yangtze through the Chengtou Raw Water Company water treatment plant.
It was learned that in order to provide water to Shanghai, the water plant must dynamically exchange water from the three main systems, that is it takes water from Qingcaosha, Chenhang, and Jinze, depending on the water level at each reservoir.
Since the prolonged drought began in July, authorities had to cloud-seed and dig emergency wells to ensure irrigation for autumn crops.
It also reportedly dredges and uses sand boats to transfer water from the Yangtze to Nantong, Jiangsu, and then transport it to Shanghai.
However, for the water quality problem in Shanghai, there is no short-term solution.
Officials from the Shanghai Municipal Committee reported that it is not unusual for a “salt tide” to occur, because it always happens in late summer and early autumn. But this year high temperatures and drought aggravated the water crisis.
Currently, Poyang Lake, a basin of the Yangtze, is at its lowest level on record, as are several reservoirs in central China, which are in “dead pool” status.
Desperate citizens stock up on water
After learning of the situation through chats filtered on social networks, concerned residents emptied the shelves of stores that had bottled water.
Residents’ concerns did not abate despite government announcements that the situation is under control and that the “running water supply is normal.”
Strong social tensions are mounting in China since the Chinese regime implemented the “zero-COVID” policy, lockdowns, restrictions, and now food and water shortages.
During this period, Shanghai residents had to quickly stock up on food and essential items after being forced to lock in their homes without warning.
Although Gu Honghui, deputy secretary general of the Shanghai municipal government, told a press conference that the city would not be shut down, officials shut down the city in the face of an alleged increase in COVID cases. These multiphase lockdowns ended up turning into two stormy months of lockdown.
“The COVID-19 lockdown sparked surging suspicion about the local government’s credibility and integrity,” said Bao Lihua, a retired worker in Shanghai, as she loaded a small shopping trolley with bottled water at a shop in Xuhui district. “It is not wrong to stock up with some water just in case a crisis becomes a reality.”
It appears that Chinese society, in the face of recent events, resorted to stockpiling supplies in the same way.
Zeng Yanwen, a shop assistant at a Lianhua supermarket said, “Bottled water became the bestselling items [at our outlet], and our stock of bottled water was cleared in less than 24 hours.”
Internet users believe officials are hiding the water problem
Some internet users claim that, days before the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, officials tried to hide the water problem to avoid panic among citizens.
A Shanghai resident, Li Xingsheng, said that the Chinese regime will not acknowledge the water shortage situation, nor the worsening quality, because on the eve of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, authorities did not take the initiative to reveal the situation so as not to generate controversy.
So far, the CCP has tried to hide all kinds of problems in order to maintain the supposed social stability before the 20th National Congress. However, as an old saying goes, it can no longer “cover the sun with a finger.” People are no longer blindly obeying the Chinese regime’s announcements. They are alertly looking for ways to survive amid the CCP’s deceptions, controls, and extreme vigilance.