According to a recent press release, Mott MacDonald have been appointed by the Shanghai Water Authority to be the people to provide the city with technical support in an attempt to improve the quality of water that is reaching the residents. There is also the need to improve the level and this is across the entire network a recent report has stated.
Work is about to begin on the third phase of the urban environment project that is being funded by the World Bank and taking place in Shanghai. The water for the majority of uses in the City comes from the Huangpu River, and it needs to come through a number of other regions before realization its final destination.
Water quality is controlled by the Shanghai Water Authority and they are the people who determine if it is fit to drink and if not what extra controls need to be put in place.
Mott MacDonald’s are intending to study the water and also try to educate the population as well as develop a water demand management programme. There are reports that there is a significant amount of water being wasted and this is to be addressed via a programme of reclaiming water and also finding a use for the water that it has not been possible to save.
The condition of the water is also a big concern and so part of the study is going to be a risk assessment and look for ways to allow the water provision to be secure. It is believed that there is to be a study regarding planning how to deal with water resources and also engage the water companies on how to train their staff when it comes to emergency planning and checking if there is an adequate vulnerability programme in place.
Mott MacDonald’s project director Paul Lengthorn has said “This project will make a remarkable contribution to Shanghai’s water operation.”
He went on to explain that they were experienced when it came to this work as “Mott MacDonald previously worked on the first two phases of the project which involved the initial set-up of the central water control centre and we’re proud to be involved again.”
He felt that Shanghai has benefited a great deal from the partnership and claimed that “following our studies and findings we will propose the policy, measures and suggestions necessary for the sustainable development of Shanghai’s water resource utilisation.”