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Water treatment plant goes online at gala celebration

CITY VERSUS COUNTY Inequitable charges for the same water irk some officials, who are asking that county residents pay the same as city folk

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

About 2.3 million Taipei County residents can finally drink water supplied by the Feitsui Reservoir (翡翠水庫) as the fifth water treatment plant in Chitan in Hsintien started pumping purified water yesterday.

"Today is a big day for all Taipei County residents," said county Deputy Commissioner Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) at the opening ceremony of the new water treatment plant held yesterday. "After waiting for two and a half years, we finally realized our dream so that local people can drink local water."

Lin pointed out that for a long time only a third of Taipei County residents, or about 1.2 million people, could use water supplied by the Feitsui Reservoir located in Hsintien, due to the delayed construction of the water treatment plant.

"It is encouraging to see that the new water treatment plant was finished three months early," Lin said.

In fact, former Taipei County Commissioner Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) complained several times about the delayed construction of the water treatment plant during the last year to the Taipei City Government, which was in charge of the plant's construction.

According to the city's Water Department, with the new water treatment plant functioning, the water supplied to Taipei County each day will increase from 200,000 tonnes of water to 530,000 tonnes. More than another million citizens will receive high-quality and inexpensive water from the Feitsui Reservoir.

The ratio of water supply by Feitsui Reservoir to Taipei City and Taipei County will be adjusted from a 60-40 ratio to a ratio of 53 percent to 47 percent.

Nine townships in Taipei County -- including Taishan (泰山), Luchou (蘆洲), Wuku (五股), Panchiao (板橋), Hsinchuang (新莊), Tucheng (土城), Pali (八里), Chungho (中和) and Sanchung (三重) -- will benefit from the new water treatment plant in Chitan, which treats raw water channeled from a section of the Hsintien River.

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who also participated in the opening ceremony, said that citizens should value and conserve water resources because Taiwan has been warned by the UN that it is among the countries that are at risk for draughts.

Lin also suggested that Ma and Chen Shen-hsien (陳伸賢), deputy director of the Water Resources Agency (WRA), should find a solution to the unjust situation that Taipei County residents pay more for water than Taipei City residents do.

"I think people living in Taipei County won't agree that there are two kinds of prices for the same water coming from Feitsui Reservoir," Lin said. "It is the government's duty to create an equal living environment for our people."

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