Water shortages persist in Shengkeng for three days
In a plight described by some as “unseen in three decades,” residents of New Taipei City’s Shengkeng District ( ) are still living with water shortages, three days after Typhoon Dujuan ( ) hit Taiwan.
The Taipei Water Department (TWD, ) suspended the water supply from 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. This resulted in a water shortage in Tamsui ( ) and Shengkeng. Water systems in Taipei were gradually restored the next day.
However, there were still 6,150 households with no water in Shengkeng, Tamsui and Wulai (
) as of yesterday.
“This is like being on welfare. It’s depressing,” said a resident waiting in line with a bucket to retrieve drinking water.
Tap water shortages followed each of the two typhoons that struck Taiwan this year alone — a phenomenon that has not occurred in the area for 30 or 40 years, according to Shengken residents.
Shengken District Leader Chou Jin-ping ( ) reportedly requested a water supply truck and four fire engines from Keelung City to provide water for the 9,000 affected households. Chou said Shengkeng’s water originates from the Mucha ( ), Pinglin ( ) and Shiding ( ) districts in Taipei City and the inconsistencies of water outflow were because water pipelines were experiencing different degrees of pressure.
If water shortages are to be inevitable after typhoons in the future, said Chou, he hopes the TWD would notify Shengkeng residents earlier so they could save up on water beforehand.
Ko Refutes Hau’s Claim
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (
), yesterday refuted his predecessor Hau Long-bin’s ( ) claim that there had never been a need to cut the water supply during his eight years in office.
Ko said Hao said that because he did not have sufficient data, “His answer can be answered if (we) had the Taipei Water Department ( ) reveal its data.”
Ko presented figures showing the turbidity of Nanshi River (
) at the time it flowed into purification plants in the past. According to Ko, the highest point of murkiness in the past 10 years was around 12,000 NTU. At present, it is common to see NTU reach more than 10,000 units and across longer lengths of time, said Ko.
Nanshi River is muddy because of the constant rain, and poor soil conservation, said Ko.
When questioned about the water shortage, Ko said there is still room for improvement, but the costs for managing turbidity levels this high are staggering. According to Ko, the government will calculate its cost effectiveness and present a report on Oct. 5.