Ko apol­o­gizes for tur­bid tap wa­ter in Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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