Shihmen reservoir should only supply Taoyuan City: mayor
Shihmen Reservoir’s ( ) water supply should be restricted for the use of Taoyuan City (
) only, Taoyuan’s Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan ( ) said yesterday.
In response to Cheng, New Taipei City Mayor and Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu ( ), pointed out yesterday morning that having headed Taoyuan County for eight years, he knows that Taipei, Taoyuan and parts of Hsinchu depend entirely on Shihmen Reservoir and Feistui Reservoir ( ) for their water consumption. He said that he believes “water resources should be shared.”
Chu added that even when both reservoirs have sufficient water storage capabilities, Danan Water Treatment Plant (
), which is fed by the Feistui Reservoir, still has to provide for Linkou ( ) and Taishan (
) districts in New Taipei City. Feistui Reservoir’s supply area will also be extended to reach Banshin Water Treatment Plant ( ), also in New Taipei City, in the future. Chu said this was how the pipeline was originally arranged and cannot now be readjusted. Water sharing between the two reservoirs is hence crucial for achieving a stable water supply for the greater Taipei area, said Chu.
Though torrential rain fell the day before yesterday, water rationing looks set to continue. New Taipei City has executed water rationing — cutting off water for two days every five days — while rationing affects nine areas in the region. The government of New Taipei City stated that 24-hour water supply points are set up at all nine district offices.
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Moreover, all government institutions are to thoroughly participate in water conservation. Water faucets should only be used sparingly and be turned off immediately after use; soap and other cleaning liquids are to be used in moderation; dry-clean products are also being promoted during the drought, stated the New Taipei City Government.
Taipei Rapid Transit Corpora- tion (TRTC, ) claims the highest consumption rate for water and electricity of all the Taipei City Government agencies, according to city DPP councilors Ho Chih-wei ( ) and Wang Min-sheng ( ) this morning.
Water Bill for Taipei City
As the water supply drops, electricity prices go up. According to Ho, Taipei City Government’s water and electricity bill last year totaled NT$5 billion, of which NT$ 4.9 billion was for electricity and NT$100 million was for water, the prices of which have risen 12.3 percent and 7.4 percent respectively from that of the previous year. Councilors urged Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) to lead his staff in practicing energy saving.
By canceling newspaper subscriptions, ending the YouBike’s free first 30- minute period of lease and beginning to charge for all parking spaces at the end of the year, Taipei City Government is increasing its income, but only 30 of the 160 local government agencies under Taipei City Government succeeded in cutting energy consumption last year, making Taipei rank last among Taiwan’s cities for energy saving, stated Wang.
City councilors Ho and Wang called on Ko to thoroughly examine the issues of over-consuming energy, and to make Taipei City a role model as the capital of Taiwan.