Harbin to guarantee heating
Updated: 2005-11-23 11:44
Ordering all local heating companies to store adequate water, the heating
bureau of Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has
assured local residents of the normal operation of the city's water heating
system despite a temporary water stoppage.
In an urgent notice issued by the bureau, the city's heating companies were
asked to put into use their spare water wells to gain sufficient water for
heating guarantee, and to get well prepared for any emergencies.
The bureau also advised the local residents not to take water from the
heating system for private use.
The municipal government of Harbin ordered to cut off water supply in the
urban area from the wee hours Wednesday, for the fear that a chemical plant
blast on Nov. 13 in neighboring Jilin Province may have caused a leakage of
poisonous substances into the Songhua River, which supplies water to the city.
Harbin has a total population of more than eight million, with three million
people living in the city's urban districts.