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Taipei residents advised to store water amid torrential rain

Taipei residents advised to store water amid torrential rain

Taipei residents advised to store water

As precautionary measure, the Taipei Water Department advised residents in the greater Taipei area to store water in advance as raw water turbidity is beginning to reach 2,514 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) at the Chihtan water purification plant in Xindian, reports said Sunday.

Water supplies will be cut off in both Taipei and New Taipei City if turbidity level reaches 12,000 NTU, it said.

The announcement followed an updated standard operation procedure published by the water department to avoid murky tap water caused by typhoons from being supplied to the two special municipalities.

The city’s water purification plants are to decrease the amount of water processed when raw water turbidity reaches 6,000 NTU and is to cease processing water if turbidity levels reach 12,000 NTU, the department said.

If water supplies are completely suspended, affected areas would extend to New Taipei City’s Jhonghe, Yonghe, Sijih and Xindian districts, as well as Taipei’s Shilin, Tianmu, Beitou and Wenshan districts.

According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), Typhoon Goni will continue to bring heavy to torrential rain as the tropical storm moves further northeast of Taiwan.

The island’s eastern coastal cities, mountainous areas in the northern, central and southern parts of the island will continue to be affected by Goni through Monday, the CWB warned.