By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
As precautionary measure, the Taipei Water Department advised residents in the greater Taipei area to store water in advance as raw water turbidity is beginning to reach 2,514 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) at the Chihtan water purification plant in Xindian, reports said Sunday.
Water supplies will be cut off in both Taipei and New Taipei City if turbidity level reaches 12,000 NTU, it said.
The announcement followed an updated standard operation procedure published by the water department to avoid murky tap water caused by typhoons from being supplied to the two special municipalities.
The city’s water purification plants are to decrease the amount of water processed when raw water turbidity reaches 6,000 NTU and is to cease processing water if turbidity levels reach 12,000 NTU, the department said. [FULL STORY]