By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised the public to boil drinking water as
it may be contaminated due to Typhoon Soudelor, reports said Sunday.
As the island’s northern reservoir had been flooded by muddy water, the EPA suggested boiling or chlorinating drinking water to minimize the risks of diarrhea or stomach ache.
The Feitsui Reservoir’s turbidity has since remained over 30,000 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) following the aftermath of the tropical storm, according to the Taipei Water Department. NTU is a measure of the clarity of water with a normal level of 1,000. The department said its water treatment plant in the greater Taipei area could only handle 6,000 NTU at a time.
Residents in the districts of Yungho, Sanchung, Zhongho, and Xindian should expect a decrease in water pressure or periodic water outage as the time for treating the excessive muddy water has been extended. [FULL STORY]