President Tsai Ing-wen says the budget for a proposed infrastructure plan will help cover the cost for reservoir dredging. Tsai was speaking Friday while inspecting Baiho Reservoir in southern Taiwan.
The reservoir was built more than 50 years ago, in 1965. Tsai said siltation has affected irrigation and household water use and even forced some farmland to lie fallow. She said the government must address the issue quickly.
Tsai called reservoir dredging a long-term project. She said two other reservoirs must also be dredged. Tsai said the government must tackle the problem with the money for the infrastructure plan for the sake of future generations.
If [we] don't do it now, the silting will get more serious and more money will be needed to solve the problem. If we do it now, quickly, the life of reservoirs can be extended and [we] can save the money for those who come after us. The purpose of the infrastructure plan is to build a better future for the next generation," said Tsai.
Tsai said extreme weather patterns will become normal due to climate change. Therefore, water management, including the storage capacity of reservoirs, is an important matter.
Source: Radio Taiwan International