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The sewerage system is one of the indicators for determining a country or city’s development. Switzerland’s IMD Business School even listed the sewerage system as one of the nation’s competitive advantages, as a sign which further evidenced that sewerage system as an indispensable basic public work in a modern country or city.

The Office is responsible for sewerage system constructions. Since its establishment in 1975, the Office has been dedicated to the active handling of sewerage-related projects in order to achieve effective waste and polluted water control, environmental sanitation, and raising resident living quality in addition to raising the City’s global image. The order of sewerage system construction will start from main pipe construction followed by secondary pipe, pipe network, and user drainage facility construction. In an attempt to utilize pipe functions and treatment facilities and to speed up household pipe-connection, this year’s plans are as follows:

  1. Accomplish Tamsui River water quality and quantity improvement and enlivenment by aiming to achieve a medium pollution level (RPI<6) in overall river water quality to construct a water-friendly environment both pleasant to the eyes and nose. The Office will strive to achieve 6 major tasks: “ensure source water quality”, “stench-free river during the summer”, “ garbage-free river”, “create a charming river environment”, “create multiple spots for leisure and recreation”, and “build a nice spot for rafting and reel fishing”.
  2. Continue to promote sewerage system projects to raise citizen living quality before serving as one of the indicators for national competitive advantages.
    (1) City secondary pipe construction completion rate has reached 100%.
    (2) It is planned to raise household pipeline connection to up to 30,000 households each year. The Office will also target households failing to comply with pipeline connection by filing for audits by the City’s Environmental Protection Bureau with accordance to the Water Pollution Control Act while simultaneously pre-announcing a $6,000 NTD fine for households failing to comply with pipeline connection starting December 7th, 2010 with possible consecutive penalties until household pipeline connection is completed.
    (3) Sewerage interception: Installation of 9 interception stations is expected by the end of 2010 with 2 stations (Liukuan, Zhongxiao) installed along Taipei City’s mainstream Tamsui River and 7 stations in Taipei County. Interception stations along Tamsui River will total up to 35 stations with sunny day interception capacity to reach up to more than 2.14 million CMD for operational allocation.
    (4) On-site treatment: Installation of 5 in-situ treatment facilities are expected by the end of 2010 with 2 treatment facilities (Zhongxiao, Guiyang bed treatment facility) installed along Taipei City’s mainstream Tamsui River and 1 bed treatment facilities and 2manmade wetlands in Taipei County. On-site treatment facilities along Tamsui River will total up to 23 facilities, with the expected treatment capacity to reach up to more than 240,000 CMD.
  3. Landscape beautification; create a water-friendly space:
    (1) Carry out outer wall greenification, beautification, and reconstruction for the Dihua and Jingmei wastewater pumping station: advocate urban renewal, revitalize the City’s major activity spots and create a unique urban landscape.
    (2) Handle the Dihua cross-breakwater scenic platform project: In consideration of flood prevention and transportation demands, the platform will merge with the sewerage treatment plant to raise everyday life culture as well as building a new landmark for visitors entering Taipei city via highway.
    (3) Back-alley beautification: Beautification in a total of 450 alleys is expected to be completed by the end of 2010 to raise citizen living quality.
  4. Develop a comprehensive greater Taipei City sewerage system, stabilize and raise sewage treatment system capacity:
    (1) Enhance Dihua and Neihu Sewage Treatment Plant water treatment ability.
    (2) Shilin and Minsheng sewerage flow project.
    (3) Install water wells to alleviate excess water overflow.
    (4) Install more water pumps at Xinzhuang Sewerage Pumping Station, and improve interception station functions.
    (5) Emergency countermeasure plans for Tamsui River sewerage system.
    (6) Upon tunnel by-pass pipe completion, overall treatment capacity for Tamsui River sewerage system shall reach up to 2 million CMD.
  5. A sustainable sewerage system:
    (1) Handle the sludge reduction project and achieve reduction.
    (2) Handle the pipe network planning and design project for areas neighboring Gezhi Road and Xingyi Road.
  6. Entrusted construction projects:
    (1) Renovation construction for the Taipei Fine Art Museum southwest 2nd exit and Taipei Story House.
    (2) Continue with the entrusted construction project for school drainage facilities under the jurisdiction of Taipei City Department of Education.
    (3) On-going collaboration in handling the City’s major road reconstruction projects.
    (4) Construction of commissioned sewerage pipes and permanent manhole relocation and restoration at Chenggong Road 3rd and 4th sections (from Wende Road to Jinlong Road) of Neihu District, Taipei City.
    (5) Beitou Shilin Technology Park area expropriation (including residential projects) for public sewerage system construction.