Water consumption in Sanya broke a historical record this summer, with the water shortfall in the urban area increasing to at least 300,000 cubic meters per day, according to local water authorities.
Some regions are already facing a water shortage, mainly concentrated in Hexi District and Sanya Bay due to a sharp rise in demand and a shortage in water supplies during the recent high-temperature days.

The maximum daily water supply for the city is around 330,000 cubic meters and the daily water shortage in the urban area has reached 30,000-40,000 cubic meters.

The daily water demand in Sanya reached 270,000 cubic meters, exceeding the available water supply capacity of only 235,000 cubic meters per day. 

According to Sanya Sino French Water Development Co. Ltd., the city’s demand for water this summer is expected to increase by 20% compared to last year.

This year’s rainy season is starting later than the previous year’s. There has not been much rainfall this summer, so many reservoirs are recording very low levels, and Sanya’s fast-paced economic development and ever-growing population have exacerbated the water shortage.

The water authority is calling for the public to raise water-saving awareness and it has also strengthened its cross-zone water dispatch management to ensure the stable operation of the water supply.

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