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MOEA looking into an idea to import water from China

MOEA looking into an idea to import water from China

The Ministry of Economic Affairs will assess the technical and efficacy aspects of importing water from China to the outlying island of Kinmen, an MOEA official said yesterday.
The official said the Water Resources Agency under the MOEA will "spend the next one or two months conducting an assessment."
The assessment will include whether to lay undersea pipes or build a bridge to transport the water. Budgets and efficacy will also be studied.
The agency will also have to learn how to improve purification treatment for the imported water, adjust the existing purification equipment and make best use of the water supplied by Kinmen's lakes and reservoirs, the official said.
Cheaper option
The official said that since Kinmen established direct transport links with China in 2001, it has learned that importing water from China will not be too expensive and will be cheaper than transporting water from Taiwan proper. Kinmen lies closer to China's Fujian province than to Taiwan proper.
"But this is not purely a water problem and the government also has to consider political and security factors," the official said.
The WRA is planning to submit the assessment report to the Executive Yuan for a policy review in July, the official added.
WRA officials said Kinmen has long been plagued by water shortages and has to rely on sea water desalination to partially solve the problem.
Previous assessment
A technology assessment conducted by the WRA on importing water from China in 2001 failed to make headway because the political atmosphere at that time was not in favor of such an idea.
The Kinmen county government has asked the central government several times to give a green light to importing water from China to assuage the water shortage problem.
WRA Director-General Chen Hsen-hsien recently traveled to Kinmen to communicate with Kinmen Magistrate Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽) on the problem, during which Chen vowed to form a task force to study the issue.


Updated : 2021-03-01 11:28 GMT+08:00