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Taipei area residents urged to store water ahead of typhoon

Taipei area residents urged to store water ahead of typhoon

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The Taipei Water Department on Monday advised the city's residents and those in New Taipei to stock up on water, warning that the water supply to the two cities may be suspended as a result of Typhoon Dujuan, which was bearing down on Taiwan. According to a new standard operation procedure (SOP) adopted by the water department, Taipei's water purification plants will be shut down if the supply from the reservoir becomes too turbid. At noon Monday, the raw water turbidity at the Zhitan Water Purification Plant in Taipei was 11 times higher than at 9 a.m., reaching 2,500 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU), the department said. As Typhoon Dujuan approaches Taiwan from the east, bringing heavy rains, the water turbidity levels are likely to increase further, therefore, residents of Taipei and New Taipei are advised to store water, the department said. Under the department's new SOP, the city's water purification plants will cut back operations if the raw water turbidity reaches 6,000 to 12,000 NTUs and will shut down if the turbidity exceeds 12,000 NTU. As of 2 p.m. Monday, Typhoon Dujuan was centered 140 km east of Hualien, moving at a speed of 19-23 kilometers per hour (kph) in a west-northwesterly direction, heading directly toward northern Taiwan, according the Central Weather Bureau. With a radius of 220 kilometers, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 184 kph, with gusts of up to 227 kph, the bureau's data showed. The bureau has warned of powerful winds and heavy rainfall when Dujuan makes landfall on Taiwan on Monday night. Last month, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) came under fire for not ordering a suspension of the water supply early enough during Typhoon Soudelor, which dumped near record volumes of rainfall on Taipei in August. For days after the passage of Soudelor, the tap water in the city remained a brownish color, forcing many people to turn to bottled water. Many households also had to hire workers to drain and clean their rooftop water tanks, which had collected large amounts of sediment via the supply network. A review of the problem suggested that the water supply in Taipei should have been suspended when the turbidity levels rose beyond the capacity of the city's main water treatment plant. (By You Kai-hsiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-21 21:49 GMT+08:00