TWC Allows Water to Be Moved from North to South 確保竹科供水 台水平鎮淨水廠北水南運

Taiwan Water Corporation plant has allowed companies to apply to transport water from north to south to ensure a stable water supply for Hsinchu Science Park.

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.
 
 
 
水車一早就開往台灣自來水公司平鎮淨水廠,將水車補滿水,接著馬不停蹄要直送新竹科學園區,全台水情吃緊,為了避免新竹科學園區供水亮紅燈,台水開放廠商申請支援北水南運,工作人員表示,現在每天跑四趟是常態。
 
水車工作人員表示:「有的說,一天要走四趟,也有走兩趟。因為這個還沒有正式24小時讓你來,現在是(早上)8點到(下午)5點。」
 
中央、地方展開抗旱大作戰,有立委指出台北所得較高,但水價比其他縣市便宜,要求經濟部檢討,提出北水、台水的計價評估,研擬合理費率,引來台北市長柯文哲不滿,拿數據反駁,柯文哲強調,民生用水是民生必需品,不漲價,採最低價格,一般家庭每月用水在20度以下,維持每度5元,不調整約佔6成,針對每月超過1000度的大用水戶,從原先的每度7.6元調漲到20元,漲了近3倍。
 
台北市長 柯文哲表示:「用水大戶,你就要發展那個節水的措施,給他一點壓力。所以我們用差別費率,所以事實上,事實的真相是台北市的水費,沒有比那個台水的便宜。建議台水跟…也可以比照台北市,用一樣的制度。」
 
立委提議,應將台水、北水的水價,調整為全國單一水價、同樣五種級距,讓多數人獲利、減少民怨,柯文哲反擊,建議台水比照北市用同樣制度,不要再打政治口水戰。