To confront the challenges of climate change, and address requirements related to flood prevention, water resources and water environments overall, on April 5, 2017, the government allocated a special budget of NT$135.7 billion (US$4.8 billion) for a water environment infrastructure project to be implemented in three phases between 2017 and 2022 under the umbrella of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program. Drawing on the integrated resources of multiple ministries and agencies, the project aims to engineer an optimal water environment where supplies are reliable, flooding is reduced, and shore areas can be beautified into high-quality spaces for public recreation.
Three pillars of the program
■ Reliable supply and a sustainable environment: To increase regular and reserve water supplies, and improve the ability to adjust supplies when needed, the project will develop a diverse array of new water sources, and enhance the capacity and flexibility of the emergency water reserve system. Reservoir watershed restoration, together with dredging and silt removal, will be accelerated. To better serve households previously without access to public tap water, efforts will also be made to improve the quality of the water supply network and expand the use of smart technologies to manage water resources.
■ Flood control and prevention with resilient public lands: Comprehensive improvement plans for river channels and regional drainage systems managed at the city or county level are being implemented. This includes flood prevention for flood-prone land and the construction of shore defenses, storm drains, and agricultural run-off channels. The ability of urban areas to absorb and hold floodwaters, and the protection of aquaculture areas will also be enhanced.
■ Improved water quality and new water environments: By linking ecological conservation, improved water quality, and the water environment of the surroundings—including interception stations to block contaminated water, better sewers and wastewater hardware, and decorative horticulture—the plan will bring noticeable improvements and beautification of waterfront spaces.