DEP: Strengthen Water Quality Control, Flooding Preparedness during Universiade
With the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei taking place during latter half of August, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be working with its counterparts in neighboring municipalities (New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, and Hsinchu County) to ensure a clean environment for the event venues across northern Taiwan.According to the agency, in the interest of maintaining a clean environment for the venues and its surroundings, DEP will mobilize staff members to patrol and clean roads and vacant spaces nearby the sports venues. Also, during flood season, all participating municipalities will strengthen efforts to clean ditches and sewers to minimize the chance for massive buildup of water and flashfloods.DEP pointed out that due to the activeness of insects during summer, to prevent Dengue fever and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, the environmental protection agencies of the five municipalities will conduct disinfection works at the surroundings of the sports venues before the start of the games. For the athlete’s village located in Linkou, two disinfection sessions will be conducted on August 1 and 9, respectively. To ensure the safety of drinking water, the agency has requested the venues to conduct self-management of drinking water fountains and examine the water quality of water dispensers regularly in accordance with the “Drinking Water Management Regulation.”The five municipalities also ensured that the sports venues have completed the cleaning of septic tanks and will carry out scheduled maintenance of these facilities. In addition to enhancing the processing efficiency, doing so will also reduce the mosquito population and minimize negative impact on public sanitation.