By: George Liao,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
According to Taipei City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), households
which have not been connected to sewer pipelines and still use septic tanks should adopt a tank-cleaning schedule of at least once a year or face fines.
Having the tanks cleaned at least once a year can help keep the functioning rate of the facility above 51 percent, the DEP said. Tanks which have not been cleaned for a long time risk having the processing efficiency reduced to 3 percent, according to the DEP.
In addition, the national Environmental Protection Administration’s new policy of directly disposing tissue papers in the toilet is estimated to increase residue buildup in septic systems by 14.3 percent, further burdening their functions, according to the city’s environment protection agency. [FULL STORY]