Premier’s water shortage plan heavy on existing projects

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Premier Lai Ching-te reacts during his presentation of the government’s plan to address the multitude of problems facing the water industry on Nov. 7, 2017. The premier on Tuesday said the government intends to ensure a stable water supply for the industrial sector and resolve regular water shortages for good by 2031, mostly by using plans already in place. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on Tuesday said the government intends to ensure a stable water supply for the industrial sector and resolve regular water shortages for good by 2031, mostly by using plans already in place.

Lai said the multitude of problems facing the water industry is expected to be offset by short-term projects to be completed by the end of 2019.

The middle-to-long term projects covered under the “Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Plan” would meet nationwide demand for water by the end of 2031, Lai said.

The programs cover three strategies Lai outlined for strengthening the water supply – creating new sources of water, fixing leaking pipes and encouraging water conservation, and facilitating water allocation mechanisms.

The premier also introduced a new strategy – to build emergency backup water supply systems to lower water scarcity risks in dry seasons.

Tuesday’s announcement was part of a week-long campaign to publicize plans to address shortages of land, power, water, manpower and skilled workers that have discouraged investment in Taiwan.

On Monday, Lai introduced a plan to tackle the lack of land available for industrial development. 

By Shih Hsiu-chuan