Cabi­net an­nounces it will set an ex­am­ple as wa­ter ra­tioning be­gins

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

Cabi­net spokesman Sun Li­hchyun ( ) said yes­ter­day that the third stage of Tai­wan’s wa­ter ra­tioning will be car­ried out to­day as planned, and an­nounced a se­ries of wa­ter sav­ing strate­gies that the Cabi­net has in store for the dry fu­ture.

Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) has asked the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs to try to un­der­stand the dif­fi­cul­ties of res­i­dents that live on higher ground, as the high altitude makes it harder for res­i­dents to re­ceive wa­ter since the re­stric­tion be­gan, said Sun.

As for the dredg­ing of the wa­ter reser­voirs, the pre­mier had in­structed that there would be “no lim­its when it came to clear­ing out the sludge — as long as there is still space to store the ex­tra mud,” Sun re­layed.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan will also be fol­low­ing the wa­ter ra­tioning plans on its own; all re­strooms through­out the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan have been in­stalled with wa­ter­sav­ing faucets that pro­vided half of the orig­i­nal wa­ter flow, and the toi­lets have been al­tered to flush in two stages as to save wa­ter, said the spokesman.

The busi­ness cars be­long­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan will be wiped down each day in­stead of be­ing washed with wa­ter, and plants are to be wa­tered with re­cy­cled wa­ter from the sewage treat­ment plant or left­over drink­ing wa­ter, said Sun.

“We have also en­cour­aged our staff to bring their own mugs or ther­mos; the mes­sage is writ­ten on all meet­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion slips. Wa­ter and tea will be pro­vided only if needed,” said Sun.

Cen­tral gov­ern­ment agen­cies are en­cour­aged to fol­low the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan’s lead to save wa­ter as well, and two weeks ear­lier the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­ported that an el­e­men­tary school in Tainan had been ask­ing its stu­dents to try and not turn on the wa­ter faucets in school for an en­tire day, sim­i­lar to the 30 Hour Famine events.

When asked about his thoughts on the prac­tice, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) said that ask­ing young stu­dents not to turn on wa­ter faucets for one whole day was “id­i­otic.”

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