Watchdog faults military over waste water problem
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Control Yuan recently censured the Defense Ministry over its failure to properly dispose of waste water from barracks.
September 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Only about 11 percent of its 743 barracks nationwide, not including idle facilities or buildings in urban areas, are connected to sewage systems or own advanced waste water processing systems.
The rest of the military facilities dispose of their waste water after limited treatment or none at all, the watchdog said in its latest report.
These barracks house about 270,000 soldiers and the amount of waste water they produce is huge, said Control Yuan member Yang Mei-ling.
She said untreated waste water from military facilities is likely polluting nearby water resources.
The report noted that the government has been investing huge sums into constructing sewage systems around the country since 1992.
The military has also been trying to improve its waste water treatment but has apparently produced limited results, the report said.