Abnormal water quality in Shuangbei tap water affects 4.5 million people

Published at: 2021-4-23

In New Taipei City, Banqiao, Zhonghe, Yonghe, Luzhou, Xindian and other places, as well as some areas in North City, residents have been complaining recently that the tap water quality is abnormal, not only showing yellow-green color, even emitting a strange smell, and the filter becomes yellowish or even yellow. Scorched and called "super disgusting." A mother surnamed Jiang, who lives in Hehe, complained to city councilor Zhang Zhihao, fearing that the washing might hurt her body, so she dared not use it, "for fear of washing her hair."

The Water Resources Bureau stated that the affected area of New Taipei City includes Xindian, Zhonghe, Yonghe, Banqiao, Sanchong, Luzhou, Xinzhuang and other areas, including Taipei City. The number of people affected is estimated to be about 4.5 million.

The Taipei Water Works Office stated that the raw water from Beishi River was taken yesterday afternoon and it was found that the manganese content was high. The main cause was the sudden drop in temperature of the cold current, which caused the lower layer of dissolved manganese to be stirred up and discharged by power generation. As the water purification treatment effect was not as expected, it immediately notified the Feicui Reservoir Management Bureau to raise the discharge water level from 108 meters to 148 meters. After gradual adjustment, the water flow has returned to normal early this morning, and the affected time is about 36 hours.

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