Amendments to the Water Pollution Control Act were announced on 13 June 2018, which included: revising Article 11 to exclude the collection from public sewage systems and community sewage systems; and, authorizing local governments to collect control fees from households and to formulate localized regulations. Because of the amendments made to the Water Pollution Control Act, the EPA is also revising the Regulations Governing the Collection of Water Pollution Control Fees and changing the name of the law based on the collection targets to differentiate the law from the household fee collection by local governments. The main points of the amendments are as follows:
1. Specifying the responsibilities of the central and local governments for collecting water pollution fees from enterprises and sewage system operators.
2. Removing public sewage systems and community sewage systems from the list of collection targets. The amendments also stipulate 1 January 2019 as the start date for the collection of water pollution control fees from other targeted regions and entities. The calculation method for the fees has also been added.
3. The amendments added more conditions in which fee collection may be waived and the calculation methods for wastewater volumes. The conditions for waiving of fees are as follows:
1. Livestock manure is being utilized.
2. Wastewater is produced in daily life by industry staff.
3. Household wastewater is being treated by industrial sewage systems.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)