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Kinmen County completes desalination plant expansion

2018/10/15 20:21:24

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Chen Ming-tong (陳明通, fourth left)

Kinmen, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County celebrated on Monday the completion of an expansion of a local desalination plant that should help increase freshwater supplies and ease the threat of water shortages in the island county.

Speaking at the celebration ceremony, Kinmen County government secretary-general Lin Te-kung (林德恭) said the expanded plant will contribute significantly to supplying the county's water needs.

According to the Water Resources Agency (WRA), the facility is expected to supply 4,000 cubic meters of freshwater per day, up from its daily production of 500 cubic meters before the project began.

According to a Kinmen Daily News report, the county consumes roughly 23,000 cubic meters of water per day, which includes 12,000 cubic meters of groundwater.

In August, Kinmen began a 30-year water purchase agreement to import water from nearby Fujian province in China to ease long-term concerns of potential water shortages.

But the plant's increased capacity will help diversify the county's water sources, said Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Chen Ming-tong (陳明通).

The archipelago's longtime water shortage concerns stem from a series of factors, including a lack of precipitation, a lack of large dams and a growing number of Chinese visitors.

Chinese tourists make hundreds of thousands of visits to Kinmen each year, accentuating the acute water shortage, Chen said, and he believed the new plant will help address that problem, especially as visits between Kinmen and China continue to rise.

Visitor numbers were up 9.3 percent in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, putting further pressure on water demand, Chen said.

(By Huang Huei-min and Ko Lin)