Water-saving project to start next month
The China Post news staff
December 12, 2009, 12:15 am TWN
As southern Taiwan's water supply shrinks, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced plans to launch a water-saving project nationwide, slated to start in January.
The ministry will distribute 500,000 water-saving gaskets, small devices that fit on faucets, to Kaohsiung residents; the MOEA plans to offer incentives to families who save water, giving maximum discounts of 15 percent on water fees to households who use less water.
The MOEA will provide 5 percent off of water bills for families who use one-tenth less water and 10 percent off of water bills to those whose water usage drops by up one-fifth.
Families who conserve more water than that will receive the maximum 15 percent discount.
Because of the low rates for water fees, this project may seem trivial, but it means a lot, said Young Wei-fu, director-general of Water Resources Agency under the MOEA.
Young added that he hopes the average person's water consumption can drop from the current 274 liters to 250 liters.