Taiwan's Green Island to boost drinking water accessibility to reduce plastic waste

Government teams up with accommodation businesses to cut down on bottled water

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A hot spring on Green Island (Taitung County Government photo)

A hot spring on Green Island (Taitung County Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Green Island is seeking to wean itself off bottled water in a project that will make drinking water available at 33 spots around the island.

In a partnership with accommodation businesses, the Taitung County Government is implementing a waste reduction project on the volcanic island off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Administered as Lyudao Township, the offshore island is a tourist attraction reachable by plane or ferry.

Travelers will be able to access free potable water at 33 locations, which can be seen on this map. The measure is aimed to cut down on the use of plastic bottles while raising public awareness about the importance of environmental protection.

Water inspections will be conducted at the spots on a regular basis, according to the environmental authorities. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the service and bring with them a reusable cup.

The venues span public institutions and private lodgings. They include East Coast National Scenic Area's Green Island Visitor Center, Human Rights Park, and five other public buildings as well as 25 hotels and inns.