Cabinet announces it will set an example as water rationing begins
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.”