24-hour water stop for parts of New Taipei, Taoyuan
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Economic Affairs on Tuesday slammed Taipei
City Mayor Ko Wen-je over the high turbidity of drinking water in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor.
Residents of Taipei and New Taipei found that after the typhoon battered the area last weekend, tap water had turned light yellow. Ko accused the central government of being responsible as its allegedly poor conservation work upstream of the Nanshi Creek had turned water at purification plants turbid.
Economics Vice Minister Yang Wei-fuu said Tuesday that the Taipei City water authorities were at fault because they had chosen to use the dirty water from the Nanshi Creek as a supply for the purification plant.
Yang, who spent a significant part of his career at the Water Resources Agency, said that it was common sense for a purification plant not to use water that was too dirty and to turn off the supply because the water might even damage the equipment. [FULL STORY]