Agency mulls water fee hike
The Water Resources Agency said on Wednesday that it is mulling whether to require industries that use a lot of water to pay higher rates during dry seasons to encourage conservation, as parts of southern Taiwan take measures to tighten water supplies. The agency is planning to draft new laws to double the rates businesses will have to pay for water once they exceed a certain amount, said Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰), an agency section chief. The new regulations are aimed at encouraging investment in water-efficient equipment and will target heavy users before expanding to cover households, Wang said. China charges 10 times the regular water fees to businesses that use a lot of water, Wang said. The agency is hoping to produce the draft this year and get it passed into law in the next two years, Wang said.
Mobile firm sponsors films
Taiwan Mobile Co on Wednesday launched a promotional event on YouTube for three movie shorts sponsored by the carrier in a bid to increase social awareness of disadvantaged people. The operator allocated a budget of NT$350,000 last year for each of the films, which are based on true stories from the First Children’s Development Center, the Formosa Cancer Foundation and the Mennonite Social Welfare Foundation, Taiwan Mobile Foundation secretary-general Josephine Juan (阮淑祥) said. Taiwan Mobile will donate NT$1 for every view of the movies on YouTube, up to a maximum of NT$100,000 for each film, she said. “Taiwan’s nonprofit organizations generally lack the ability to produce digital applications,” Juan said. “If we can help them make the first step toward digital applications, their ability to raise funds should be greatly improved.”