MURKY WEB:Environmentalists said that turbid tap water following Typhoon Soudelor was caused by illegal developments in New Taipei City’s Wulai District
Date: Aug 14, 2015
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The Forestry Bureau disputed a claim yesterday that inadequate conservation of a 1981
landslide site upstream of the Nanshih River (南勢溪) in New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來) caused murky tap water during Typhoon Soudelor.
The bureau on Wednesday released aerial images of the landslide site at the Dongjhakong River (東札孔溪) — about 28km upstream of where the Nanshih River and Peishih River (北勢溪) converge — taken on Monday after the typhoon, amid speculation that the site was the main contributor to the turbid water at Nanshih River, which is the major source of water supply for Taipei residents.
The collapsed area measured 10.99 hectares, which the bureau said was actually 0.84 hectares less than it was two years ago, suggesting well-managed conservation at the area. [FULL STORY]