On 2 March 2016 the EPA held the Workshop on Water Recycling for EIA Decision Enforcement. The workshop was attended by more than 100 participants representing industry, government and academia. From their respective positions, the participants shared the outcome of their efforts in making good use of Taiwan’s precious water resources with a view toward improving water resources management.
In his opening speech, EPA Deputy Minister Tzi-Chin Chang pointed out that Taiwan faced three major challenges regarding water resource management: scarcity of water resources in the natural environment, lack of a legal basis for water recycling, and having no clear methodology for auditing water recycling rates. To break through the predicaments, the EPA is keen on finding the appropriate law enforcement measures and hopes that through environmental impact assessments geared toward the characteristics of each development project, a minimum water recycling rate can be reasonably required. Moreover, for the purpose of integrating the goals of saving water and reducing wastewater at source into EIAs, the EPA established a program in 2015 to audit the rate of wastewater production and recycling in the industrial parks. The EPA expects such regulatory reforms will improve water resources management.
This workshop had four major topics of discussion:
1) New measures for enforcement of EIA decisions regarding water recycling at development projects
2) Industrial park water recycling measures and management
3) Industrial water recycling technology and application
4) Academic views on water recycling technology and prospects
The EPA also invited professionals from relevant fields to attend the workshop, including: experts and scholars with backgrounds in water recycling; representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology; representatives from the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), who manage industrial parks or are in charge of various development projects in industrial areas; and, representatives from the Water Resources Agency of the MOEA, who are responsible for the allocation of national water resources. Other attendees of the workshop included personnel from local environmental protection bureaus and representatives of related industries.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)