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Taiwan to impose surcharges on heavy water users in 2016

Taiwan to impose surcharges on heavy water users in 2016

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Friday that it will impose surcharges on major water users starting in 2016, one year ahead of schedule. The ministry said that to encourage water conservation and answer calls for fairer water use, it has decided to bring forward its imposition of the surcharge policy. The outlook for the water supply situation this year is not optimistic due to the current long dry spell. In addition to mandating that certain farmland must be left fallow, the ministry has also not ruled out the possibility of carrying out the next phase of water rationing -- cutting water supplies to big water users -- in some places, in addition to first-phase measures that call for reduction of water pressure during the night hours. Domestic big water users include the petrochemical, chemical, basic metal, paper, textile and electronics sectors. According to statistics for 2014, the number of users of more than 1,000 cubic meters per month totaled 5,886, while their combined water consumption for the year was around 725 billion cubic meters, accounting for 26.1 percent of the total water consumption. The surcharge system, designed in three tiers, will slap a surcharge of 10 percent on users of between 1,000 and 3,000 cubic meters per month, 20 percent on users of between 3,000 and 6,000 cubic meters, and 30 percent on users of over 6,000 cubic meters. The ministry said it expects the surcharge to draw revenue of NT$1.6 billion (US$50.68 million) per year, adding that the money will not go into the national coffers but will be used for a fund for "special use." He noted that draft amendments to the Water Act and Water Supply Act have completed inter-agency consultations and will be sent to the Executive Yuan for review before Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb. 19 this year. The Executive Yuan will solicit the Legislature to pass the amendments during its next session. (By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 15:02 GMT+08:00