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DPP legislator defends Hsieh's comments on tap water

A ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislator said yesterday that the quality of Kaohsiung City's public water supply is fine. Her comments were in defense of the DPP's presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who on the same day was accused by an opposition Kuomintang legislator of lying in a presidential debate held a week ago when he said that Kaohsiung City's tap water was drinkable.
Citing a survey conducted by DPP Kaohsiung City Councilors Cheng Kuang-feng and Kang Yu-cheng, KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said in a press conference that only 24 percent of Kaohsiung citizens drink the city's tap water, and that nearly 50 percent of the city's population do not drink the water because they are not confident in its quality.
Wu claimed that Hsieh was lying when he said that Kaohsiung City water is now drinkable, demanding that Hsieh make an apology to the city's citizens for publicly lying. Wu accused Hsieh of making the statement to tout his administrative ability during his tenure as Kaohsiung mayor from 1998 to 2005, and to boost his prospects in the presidential election.
KMT Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Li-na said that what Hsieh said in the presidential debate was shocking, and that Kaohsiung citizens knew that Hsieh had failed to clean up the city's water as going to water-filling stations every two days had become a city-wide ritual.
In response, DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling said that the KMT's accusation was a "dirty trick" intended to influence the presidential election. Pointing out that the KMT didn't mention the 13 percent of Kaohsiung's population who do drink the water after it is purified, she said that more than 30 percent of the city's population, rather than just 24 percent, drink the tap water. She said nearly 50 percent of the city's population refrains from drinking the water because they do not understand the quality of the city's water, a result of insufficient education by the government. The results from tests on the tap water in four city districts all showed good water quality, she added.