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University to open historic canal system to sunlight

University to open historic canal system to sunlight

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) National Taiwan University said Saturday it plans to rejuvenate a 200-year-old waterway that crosses underneath the campus by introducing water from a river and recycled rainfall. Part of the Liugongjun, a canal system that ran across Taipei City but was mostly covered over by roads amid urbanization, will see sunlight again, said Office of General Affairs Dean Wang Gen-shuh. The major hurdle that prevented the school from launching the project 10 years ago -- the lack of a ready water source -- could be solved with the latest technology, he said.
Plans for the project originally anticipated the need for more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per day, but new technology will limit the water's depth to 25 centimeters and keep it flowing with only about 200 cubic meters of water a day, according to Wang. The school plans to introduce water from the Xindian River and use recycled rainfall for the project, Wang said, adding that the waterway will finally be linked up to Drunken Moon Lake in the center of the campus. He anticipated that the new design will benefit the scenic lake, bringing in oxygen and contributing to a healthier ecosystem. The program is expected to take three years to complete at a cost of NT$100 million (US$3.1 million), Wang said. The school will raise money from the public, and there are alumni who have shown interest in contributing, he said. (By Chen Chi-chung and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-20 10:48 GMT+08:00