Nice Drinking Water the policy initiative will be implemented very shortly for the people of Kaohsiung 高雄人喝好水指日可待
Providing best-quality water
For the past several decades, the quality of water in the Kaohsiung Area has been questioned. However, nice drinking water can be expected soon in Greater Kaohsiung. Every great project of improvement to provide quality water will be finished. Meantime, the quality water at the source of the Kao-pin River, which has been improved by operating various methods together, has been re-graded from third-rate to second-rate.
After making an inspection tour concerning the problem of drinking water of Greater Kaohsiung Area on August 5, 2000, President Chen Shui-bian made a promise: a budget of 15,000,000,000 NT dollars will be spent to finish "Project for follow-up improvement of Greater Kaohsiung Area's tap water" and "Project for a linking pipe between the water reservoir of the Southern area and the dam dike of Kao-ping River" by the end of 2003. This will give people in the Greater Kaohsiung Area the same quality of water as in Taipei.
Ahead of schedule
About "Project for follow-up improvement of Greater Kaohsiung Area's tap water" which will help to improve greatly the quality of tap water, it has already been finished. On November 19, 2002, a ceremony was held to celebrate this successful water supply initiative.
Among the projects for improving water quality, the ceremony for beginning construction for "Increasing provision of high-grade purification water in the Chengching Lake, Kaotan and Ong-kon-yuan plant" was held on July 11, 2002.
The high-grade water purification area in Ong-kon-yuan uses filtration and separation spectrum. After completion, this project is expected to give a water supply of 290,000 cubic meters each day. Its water quality will meet the required standard for quality of drinking water of the third-level official announcement of Environmental Protection Administration: its hardness will be less than 150 ml /liter, and the total amount of dissolved solid will be less than 250 ml/liter. By the end of March this year, the project was 71.8% finished - 4.48% more than planned.
As for "Project for linking pipe between the water reservoir of Southern area and the dam dike of Kao-ping River", the Water Resource Agency of Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning to build two pools for reducing pressure, Maopu and Neimen, and an underground linking pipe of 57 km. At the end of February this year, the project was 65.43% finished - 8.32% more than planned.
After completion of the projects mentioned above, the average water supply each day will increase by 250,000 cubic meters for Chia-nan and Kaohsiung Areas respectively and also solve the problem of demand for water in the Greater Kaohsiung Area.
Additionally, TWSC is preceding with its "Project for cleaning mud from the bottom of Chengching Lake" which will also effectively improve the quality of tap water in the Greater Kaohsiung Area.
In order to match the regulations of water supply from Chengching Lake, not to have any influence on the normal operation of water reservoir, and to reduce the impact on surrounding environmental scenery, the project for cleaning the water reservoir for Chengching Lake will use the methods of dredging, removing and drawing out mud in the water in divided zones and of letting water leak out and be cleaned. Between the two zones is a space for building an embankment. The project for cleaning the mud from the bottom will be finished by the end of 2004.
Concerning the other water supply from Kao-pin River in the Greater Kaohsiung Area, in the past, along this river, there was wastewater from livestock industry, from domestics, and from some other industries. Environmental Protection Administration created a protected area by giving compensation to encourage those keeping pigs to remove them to other areas or cease business at the end of 2001. After one year, we found that the amount of ammonium nitrate in Kao-pin River was halved. Thus water quality has been improved from third-rate to second-rate. The plan to provide "nice drinking water" for people of the Greater Kaohsiung Area is gradually coming true.