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|Monday, June 19, 2000, updated at 22:11(GMT+8)|
Water Shortage Threatening China's City of SpringsResidents in this capital of east China's Shandong Province can now only have water for seven hours a day due to a severe water shortage.
Local water supply officials said the underground water level in Jinan dropped to 22.27 meters by June 13, more than one meter lower than in the past several years.
The water storage in the city's 10 major reservoirs has been reduced by half compared with last year's level. The Wolongshan Reservoir, which supplied water to the city, has dried up.
The shortage will last till the end of the month when the rainy season comes, according to the local meteorological station.
The city government has taken measures to deal with the problem, including building reservoirs, developing new water sources from the Yellow River, and reducing the exploitation of underground water.
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