In recent years, the plain area of Lu'an and the Jianghuai hilly area have continued to increase the scale of rural drinking water safety projects and expand the water supply coverage in accordance with the principle of "Bigger brings smaller, merge all that can be", and mountainous areas in accordance with the principle of "Adapting measures to local conditions and appropriate size". So far, 442 poor villages have fully been covered the water supply, and basically achieved full coverage of tap water in areas with centralized water supply conditions. Compared with the end of 2015, the city's rural population's tap water penetration rate has increased from 51% to 91%, and the city's poor population’s tap water penetration rate has increased from 32% to 96%, far exceeding the goal of reaching 85% of rural tap water penetration rate by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan.
The city is speeding up the development of urban-rural integration and regional large-scale water supply in the plains and Jianghuai hilly areas, vigorously upgrading and transforming small-scale centralized water supply projects in mountainous areas, and continuously improving water supply guarantee capabilities. At present, 841 rural centralized water supply projects have been completed and operated in the city. The total designed daily water supply scale can reach 525,600 tons, and the per capita daily water supply capacity is 115L. It far exceeds the drinking water safety standards of 60L per person per day in Dabie mountainous area of western Anhui and 40L per person per day in Jianghuai hilly area stipulated in the "Rural Drinking Water Safety Evaluation Guidelines". During the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic this year and the city’s severe flooding in July, the rural drinking water safety project played a vital role in ensuring the stability of water supply and drinking water safety for rural residents. There was no regional water cut in the city. , There was no case of people without water to drink.
At the same time, the water quality compliance rate continued to increase. The city has formed a multi-departmental water quality supervision system with interoperability and close collaboration. The water conservancy department is responsible for industry management and business guidance, and conducts monthly inspections of factory water and peripheral water. The health department is responsible for the sanitation supervision and water quality supervision of rural centralized water supply units. Inspections of factory water and peripheral water are carried out every year during high and low water periods, and the ecological environment department conducts quarterly water source water quality inspections. Last year, the water quality compliance rate of the rural centralized water supply projects was 87.05%, which was 8% higher than the provincial average. The city’s rural drinking water quality compliance rate increased for three consecutive years.