kelake wrote:That 2 million nt figure must be way off. They have been improving the water infrastructure in Xinzhu (Hsinchu) on a massive scale for years now. You can't drive without seeing them digging up some road and installing new pipes or drainage systems. Most of the water waste I see here comes from slipshod construction type businesses and not from small scale farmers or large factories.
Yes it was very wrong. It has been to date 5.5 billion in spending from a 27 billion budget. The majority of the spending has been to repair damage caused by typhoons to reservoirs. (China Post and Taiwan Review).
What are you talking about? We've already shown that a 3 year multi-billion dollar repair program is well underweigh. Combine that with dredging and the building of two new dams and you can hardly say that nothing is being done. If it wasn't for inter-party wrangling this would have started years ago.
Collossal scale? That's the bullshit. This is a relatively minor and manageble problem.
It only started a few years ago. That would be sandman's point wouldn't it and the inter-party wrangling. There is plenty of rain and no drought as the CWB figures show. What there is are many reservoirs that are unusable (due to pollution and toxic algae blooms), major reservoirs that drain after only four months of below average but high rain-fall (conditions ideal for capturing rainwater supposedly). Half your reservoirs being polluted and unusable would be a collossal scale:
More than 40% of reservoirs in Taiwan are
eutrophicated due to pollutant discharge from
various sources . The excessive loadings of
nutrients (i.e., nitrogen and phosphorus) released
into the reservoir from forests, agricultural activities
such as orchards, tea plantations, betel nut
plantations and livestock farms, as well as
household wastewater from urban areas have created
considerable problems. Consequently, fishes and
other aquatic animals may not survive due to
dissolved oxygen deficiency, and water treatment
plants may not operate efficiently.
International Conference on Energy, Environment, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development (2008)