Ko apologizes for turbid tap water in Taipei
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) apologized Saturday over the city government's decision to supply turbid tap water following Typhoon Soudelor, which has drawn criticism from all sides.
Ko admitted that the city government did not handle the matter well.
"Wrong is wrong. Since the results are not good, then just apologize," he said.
The mayor said he does not blame Taipei Water Department Commissioner Chen Chin-hsiang ( ) for the matter.
If Chen had reported to him at the time, he would not have necessarily handled it any better, Ko said.
In the wake of Typhoon Soudelor last weekend, tap water in Taipei and parts of neighboring New Taipei appeared yellowish, leading many residents to turn to bottled water.
The murkiness of the tap water was the result of huge amounts of sediment in the Nanshih River, the major source of water for Taipei and parts of New Taipei.
Many critics said that instead of continuing water supplies, the city government should have suspended supplies and waited for the sediment to settle out.
The city government later admit- ted that it was Chen who made the decision to continue supplying water despite its turbidity and that Chen also reported the decision to Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi ( ).
Ko said he becomes nervous whenever there is heavy rain now, because this increases the level of turbidity in source water.
According to the mayor, upstream areas of the Nanshih River are prone to collapse during heavy rain, leading to rising downstream turbidity.
There is a need to look for the reason behind this problem, he said.