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Penghu chief seeks support for desalination plant expansion

2015/11/06 23:00:44

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Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) Penghu County Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu (陳光復) urged the central government on Friday to support the expansion of the outlying county's desalination plant.

During a meeting in Penghu with Wang Ruey-der (王瑞德), deputy head of the Water Resources Agency, Chen appealed for the county's planned expansion of the desalination plant to be included in the central government's program to improve water supplies in Taiwan's outlying islands for next year.

Penghu secured contractors for the construction of a desalination plant with a capacity of 4,000 cubic meters of water a day this month, which is expected to be completed in May 2018.

The planned expansion mentioned by Chen is aimed at increasing the capacity by another 6,000 cubic meters a day so that the county can reduce its use of ground water.

Legislator Yang Yao (楊曜), who is from Penghu and attended the meeting, said groundwater should not be used as an everyday water source, and water supply issues affect plans by businesses to invest in the county.

The county's desalination plants currently have a total capacity of 15,500 cubic meters a day, according to Taiwan Water Corp.'s website.

(By Kay Liu)
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