Premier touts plan to grow water supply

OBJECTIVES: The premier said that the government is promoting water recycling, while improving distribution to different areas and working to combat flooding

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 02, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said he hopes that the nation’s annual water

Premier William Lai speaks at an awards ceremony held by the Water Resources Agency in Taichung yesterday.  Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

supply can be increased by 1.9 billion tonnes by 2031 with the government’s water management policies.

The Executive Yuan’s policy objectives related to water are to eliminate water shortages and protect against floods, supply people with clean water and build waterfront parks, while its water management plans center on developing water sources, redoubling water consumption efforts, facilitating water distribution and ensuring abundant backup supplies, Lai said at an awards ceremony in Taichung honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the nation’s water infrastructure.

By working toward these objectives, the Executive Yuan hopes to add 1.9 billion tonnes, or about 520,000 tonnes per day, to the nation’s annual water supply, he said.

With regard to developing water sources, the Water Resources Agency has completed the construction of a desilting tunnel at Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫), and work has begun on another desilting tunnel at Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫), Lai said.

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