Taipei still pondering timetable for replacing lead pipes

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/10/23
By: Huang Li-yun, Tseng Ying-yu and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) The Taipei City government will convene a meeting 48348080Monday to discuss the timetable for replacing water pipes made of lead installed decades ago amid health concerns, the chief of the Taipei Water Department (台北自來水事業處) said Friday.

Chen Jiin-shyang (陳錦祥) said it would take a minimum of three years to replace the lead pipes managed by Taipei’s water department, and that the timetable could not be shortened any further.

But Kuomintang Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) said Friday that Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has agreed to use the government’s reserve fund to help government agencies speed up the phaseout of the lead pipes, and hoped the Taipei water department could shorten the time to within a year and a half.

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