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Economics Ministry mulls ways to promote water recycling, reuse

Economics Ministry mulls ways to promote water recycling, reuse

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs is considering measures to promote water recycling and reuse, especially in the industrial sector, to prevent the amount of water supplied to industrial users from growing any further, an official said Friday. Taiwan is currently stuck in its worst drought in decades, and strict water rationing measures, including suspending water supplies to households two days a week, were launched in northern Taiwan on Wednesday on a rotating basis, to preserve dwindling supplies. In Tainan and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, water supplies to industrial users will be cut by 10 percent beginning on April 15. Acting on instructions from the Cabinet, the ministry is evaluating how to achieve a long-term goal of zero growth in the supply of water for industrial use even as the economy expands and has discussed the initiative with business associations, Vice Economic Affairs Minister Yang Wei-fuu (???) said. The ministry said it has set a national goal of generating 1.2 million cubic meters of recycled water per day by 2031, about 10 percent of the estimated nationwide public water supply by then. Yang said the government needs to provide sources of used water for recycling and set up regulations for developing reclaimed water resources. Economic Affairs Minister John Deng (???) said Wednesday that the ministry is also planning to establish desalination plants in northern, central and southern Taiwan to meet future water needs. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-27 17:53 GMT+08:00