Numerous water tankers headed for Taiwan Water Corporation's Pingzhen water purification plant on the morning of March 25 to fill up their tanks and deliver the water to Hsinchu Science Park. Taiwan is currently in the midst of a severe drought, and the corporation decided to allow companies to apply to transport water from the north to the south to ensure a stable supply for the science park. Tanker drivers say they are making about four runs a day.
Some of us are making four trips a day, and others are making two trips a day. We're working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. right now, as they're not open 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile, several legislators questioned why Taipei's income is higher but its water fees are lower than other cities and counties. They demanded that the Ministry of Economic Affairs investigate and determine a reasonable rate. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je refuted this situation using data. He said water is a livelihood necessity, so the price won't be increased and will be kept as low as possible. An average household using under 20 cubic meters a month will continue to be charged NT$5 per cubic meter. They account for 60 percent of all households. For heavy users that consume over 1,000 cubic meters a month, the price per cubic meter will be tripled from NT$7.6 to NT$20.
We need to put a little pressure on heavy water users to make them come up with water-saving measures. That's why we have different rates. The fact is that Taipei's water charges are not less than those of Taiwan Water Corporation. Taiwan Water Corporation can use the same system as Taipei.
Legislators have proposed a uniform water price for all of Taiwan with five tiers. This will allow the majority of residents to benefit and reduce complaints. Ko says he advises Taiwan Water Corporation to use Taipei's system instead of continuing the political war of words.