Fri, Aug 14, 2015 - Page 4 News List

Taipei decided to supply turbid tap water: Cabinet

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) yesterday said that it was the Taipei City Government’s decision to supply turbid water to parts of Taipei following Typhoon Soudelor.

The murky tap water some Taipei residents experienced in the aftermath of the typhoon has whipped up a political dispute between the Taipei City Government and the central government.

Sun, at a press conference after a Cabinet meeting yesterday, said Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基) claimed during the meeting that it was the city government’s decision to supply murky tap water.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Tuesday said that the decision over whether to continue supplying water despite its turbidity instead of cutting supplies was “made after weighing different options, and found to be the least damaging.”

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji (陳保基) yesterday said that it is not unusual for typhoons to degrade water quality, “but the key lies in the subsequent handling of water put into supply and the measures taken to stabilize its quality.”

Turbidity in tap water usually drops sharply between 12 and 20 hours after an initial spike, so a temporary water outage can reduce the possibility of contaminating the water supply, Chen said, adding that uncontaminated water often flushes out the turbidity while supplies are suspended.

“Many other cities and counties have also had to deal with contamination, and they have used this technique successfully,” Chen said.

Sun said that murky river water and murky tap water are two different issues that are not always connected.

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