The water in Feitsui Reservoir remains of high quality and it will expand supplies of drinking water to more households in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Sindian (新店) and Banciao (板橋) districts from 2014 when a water supply expansion project is completed, the Taipei City Government said yesterday.
The reservoir currently provides drinking water to 5 million households in Taipei and New Taipei City, and will increase its supply to provide water for up to 6.5 million households in 2014, including Sindian and Banciao.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the reservoir, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday visited the site on an inspection tour to defend the water quality in the reservoir and said he expected the reservoir to provide a stable supply of drinking water to residents in the two New Taipei City districts.
“I’ve been drinking water straight from the faucet for the past 20 years and I can guarantee the quality of water from the reservoir ... We expect the completion of the expansion project to help reach the goal of providing drinking water to residents in Taipei and New Taipei City,” Hau said.
Hau also joined guests and elementary-school students in planting 2,500 cherry trees and other trees to protect the environment.
Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration Commissioner Liou Ming-lone (劉銘龍) said the reservoir now only provides between 100,000 and 200,000 tonnes of drinking water per day to Banciao and Sindian, but will become the sole provider of drinking water in the two districts, providing 1 million tonnes by 2014.
In response to concerns about possible delays to the construction project, Liou said the project was supervised by the Water Resources Agency and that the Taipei City Government would work with the agency to make sure the project is completed on schedule.