Wa­ter sup­ply to industrial users cut fur­ther in south

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Industrial wa­ter users in Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung in south­ern Tai­wan will soon be sub­ject to big­ger cuts in their wa­ter sup­ply as the coun­try con­tin­ues to grap­ple with its worst drought in decades.

Wa­ter sup­plies to “big users” will be re­duced by 10 per­cent be­gin­ning on April 15, up from the 7.5 per­cent re­duc­tion al­ready in place, the Drought Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter an­nounced Fri­day.

The cen­ter es­ti­mated that 1,012 industrial wa­ter users will be af­fected by the mea­sure, mostly man­u­fac­tur­ers in the elec­tron­ics, ba­sic met­als, petro­chem­i­cal, tex­tile and pa­per-and-pulp sec­tors.

First- and sec­ond-phase wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures have been im­posed in Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung in re­cent months amid the pro­longed drought, while harsher third­phase wa­ter ra­tioning was put in place for the first time since the drought be­gan in parts of north­ern Tai­wan on Wed­nes­day.

Un­der third-phase wa­ter ra­tioning, wa­ter sup­plies are cut off to en­tire ar­eas for two days a week on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis.

First- and sec­ond-phase ra­tioning in­volves re­duc­ing wa­ter pres­sure at night and re­strict­ing wa­ter sup­ply to con­sumers who usu­ally use more than 1,000 cu­bic me­ters per month.

Fac­ing an ad­di­tional cut to its wa­ter sup­ply, Kaoh­si­ung- based steel maker China Steel said the up­com­ing cut was not ex­pected to af­fect its op­er­a­tions thanks to waste­water re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties in its plants.

State- run petroleum re­finer, CPC Corp. Tai­wan, whose oil re­fin­ing op­er­a­tions are con­cen­trated in Kaoh­si­ung, has also said the new mea­sure would not have a big im­pact on its op­er­a­tions.

Eco­nomics Min­istry Mulls Ways

to Pro­mote Wa­ter Re­cy­cling

The Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs is con­sid­er­ing mea­sures to pro­mote wa­ter re­cy­cling and re­use, es­pe­cially in the industrial sec­tor, to pre­vent the amount of wa­ter sup­plied to industrial users from grow­ing any fur­ther, an of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

Tai­wan is cur­rently stuck in its worst drought in decades, and strict wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures, in­clud­ing sus­pend­ing wa­ter sup­plies to house­holds two days a week, were launched in north­ern Tai­wan on Wed­nes­day on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis, to pre­serve dwin­dling sup­plies.

In Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung in south­ern Tai­wan, wa­ter sup­plies to industrial users will be cut by 10 per­cent be­gin­ning on April 15.

Act­ing on in­struc­tions from the Cabi­net, the min­istry is eval­u­at­ing how to achieve a long-term goal of zero growth in the sup­ply of wa­ter for industrial use even as the econ­omy ex­pands and has dis­cussed the ini­tia­tive with busi- ness as­so­ci­a­tions, Vice Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Yang Wei- fuu said.

The min­istry said it has set a na­tional goal of gen­er­at­ing 1.2 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of re­cy­cled wa­ter per day by 2031, about 10 per­cent of the es­ti­mated na­tion­wide public wa­ter sup­ply by then.

Yang said the gov­ern­ment needs to pro­vide sources of used wa­ter for re­cy­cling and set up reg­u­la­tions for de­vel­op­ing re­claimed wa­ter re­sources.

Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter John Deng said Wed­nes­day that the min­istry is also plan­ning to es­tab­lish de­sali­na­tion plants in north­ern, cen­tral and south­ern Tai­wan to meet fu­ture wa­ter needs.

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