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Taiwan and Philippine universities to study water quality

2018/05/25 22:50:18

Lin Tsair-fuh (林財富, left)/photo courtesy of National Cheng Kung University delegation

Manila, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Philippine's Mapúa University (MU) on Friday opened a water quality research center in Manila to try and improve the quality of drinking water for residents in the Philippine capital city.

A delegation from NCKU led by Lin Tsair-fuh (林財富), director of the Taiwanese university's Global Water Quality Research Center, MU President Reynaldo Vea and International Linkages for Research and Development head Delia Senoro were present at the launching ceremony.

The center was established with the joint support of NCKU, MU and Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to study the quality of water at Laguna Lake, located south of the Manila area, Lin said.

It is the second largest lake in Southeast Asia and an important source of drinking water for residents living in Manila.

NCKU and MU carried out a large-scale investigation in August 2016 into the lake and found harmful bacteria, algae toxins and odor, which may affect the safety of the drinking water.

Hence in the spirit of sharing experience in solving water quality issues with the Philippines, NCKU with the support of the MOST collaborated with MU to establish the water quality research center, Lin said.

(By Emerson Lim and William Yen)