Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment makes com­pen­sa­tion vow

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ANITA YANG

Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment (

) said yesterday that it will an­nounce com­pen­sa­tion mea­sures re­gard­ing wa­ter billing in two days.

Typhoon Soude­lor ripped through Tai­wan over the week­end, leav­ing mil­lions of peo­ple with muddy wa­ter com­ing out of their faucets. In ad­di­tion, around 420,000 house­holds faced wa­ter out­ages. As of yesterday, ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 house­holds are still left with no wa­ter.

Many peo­ple have seen yel­low and brown­ish-col­ored tap wa­ter that smelled like soil af­ter the typhoon swept through Tai­wan. The wa­ter murk­i­ness level for Xin­dian River ( ) reached as high as 39,000 NTU (Neph­elo­met­ric Tur­bid­ity Unit).

Many res­i­dents have been afraid to take baths and us­ing the wa­ter for drink­ing or cook­ing. Peo­ple have turned to min­eral wa­ter, caus­ing many stores through­out Taipei to sell out of bot­tled wa­ter. Con­sumers who have at­tempted to pur­chase bot­tles of min­eral wa­ter from con­ve­nience stores or su­per­mar­kets like Car­refour ( ) or Well­come ( ) over the week­end were likely to leave the store empty-handed be­fore yesterday.

Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment Deputy Com­mis­sioner Chen Man-li (

) said that around 1.6 mil­lion house­holds in the depart­ment’s ser­vice area, which in­cludes Taipei City and the Zhonghe ( ), Yonghe ( ) , Xin­dian ( ), San­chong ( ) and parts of Xizhi ( ) dis­tricts in New Taipei City, were af­fected by con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and will be com­pen­sated.

She also said that wa­ter from the wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion plant was tested and found to con­tain be­tween 0.39 to 1 NTU yesterday at 7 a.m. and she ap­pealed to the public not to hoard wa­ter any­more.

Wa­ter is no longer classed as muddy when its tur­bid­ity level is un­der 5 NTU; a score un­der 2 meets the na­tional wa­ter qual­ity stan­dard, said Chen.

Source and Reme­dies

to Muddy Wa­ter

Greater Taipei Area’s tap wa­ter orig­i­nates from Yang­min­shan (

), Nan­shi River ( )— which orig­i­nates from Wu­lai’s (

) up­per streams — and Beishi River ( ) which sup­plies Feit­sui Reser­voir ( ). Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (

) yesterday stressed that con­tam­i­nated wa­ter does not orig­i­nate from Feit­sui Reser­voir as it is supplied by wa­ter from Beishi River, which is un­der strict wa­ter and soil con­ser­va­tion mea­sures along its up­per streams.

In­stead, wa­ter from Nan­shi River that went into pu­rifi­ca­tion plants was too muddy, hint­ing that wa­ter and soil con­ser­va­tion in that area has not been well es­tab­lished, said Ko. He also ap­pealed for the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to con­duct fur­ther in­spec­tions on the sup­ply.

For con­sumers who still have yel­low­ish wa­ter com­ing from their tap, Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment rec­om­mends re­mov­ing the ear­lier dirty wa­ter stored in their build­ing’s wa­ter tanks. Di­rec­tor of the Taipei Health Bureau for Dis­ease Con­trol, Chen Shao-qing (

) also rec­om­mended chang­ing wa­ter fil­ters or pu­ri­fiers pe­ri­od­i­cally and avoid­ing raw food due to the or­ganic com­pounds cur­rently found in the pol­luted wa­ter.

CNA

The public stack bot­tles of wa­ter in su­per­mar­kets af­ter the typhoon. Peo­ple in the Greater Taipei Area swarmed into su­per­mar­kets for bot­tled wa­ter be­cause many were afraid to drink tap wa­ter, which was dis­col­ored by Typhoon Soude­lor.

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