To effectively improve the water drainage of the rivers and tributaries of Tamsui River Basin under the jurisdiction, to elevate the Environmental Protection Bureau’s administrative efficiency, shorten the timetable for documentation processing and review procedures, as well as promoting the quality of permit review, New Taipei City Government has coordinated with the Water Resources Department of New Taipei City Government or the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior to speed up the sewage system planning and construction in Tamsui River Basin in addition to actively pushing forward enterprise inspection and control and wastewater or sewage treatment guidance improvement and dissemination of relevant regulations, as well as considering the construction period of the sewage system and the marginal capacity of the sewage treatment plant, the government popularized sewage interception facilities, promoted onsite purification plans and other measures in line with the overall planning of the ecological environment of the river bank, accurately grasped the distribution of pollution sources of rivers and tributaries in Tamsui River Basin and the river sections’ water quality to materialize dynamic adjustment and carry out river pollution reduction countermeasures and track implementation outcomes.
For the purpose of fully mastering the water quality status of Tamsui River Basin in this City and creating water quality data, besides analyzing the current water quality every month, we made a pollution contribution analysis on the drainage of major tributaries of Tamsui River Basin as well, and based on the drainage monitoring data and pollution load of the main stream and tributaries of the river over the years, as well as checking up the capacity of the existing pollution reduction measures in each river section, we proposed a water quality control plan for Tamsui River, including pollution source control of major tributary drainage projects in hot zones, interception and optimal operation of onsite purification facilities, accelerating construction of sewers between Fuzhou Bridge and Xinhai Bridge over Tahan River, promotion of pollution reduction in eco-friendly night markets and new markets. In addition, we continued to conduct on-site inspections, tracking and counseling for the enterprises classified as the objects for monitoring and inspection in the stricter control area. The copper pollution load of each station in the stricter control area showed a decrease compared with previous years.
In terms of the water pollution control permit review or outpatient guidance management herein, a total of 685 permit applications had been received and dealt with as of October 31, 2021, 20 cases were under experts and scholars in-situ inspection, and 53 were assisted in in-situ inspection, which reached a total of 73. In addition, 5 sessions were assisted in the checking of water pollution control permit conducted by signature engineers; as for the testing and reporting review management, 2,980 cases were assisted in the completion of regular application for data verification and matching review as well as reminder of reporting.
Regarding other general affairs, 6 sessions of Water Pollution Control Act-related dissemination briefings, education and training, or safety and health management were held in this year; we also assisted the Environmental Protection Department in compiling water pollution-related data as well as collecting the data about this City’s and other agencies’ Tamsui River improvement plan results, drafting annual river pollution remediation results evaluation reports, briefings, etc., and completed the collection and compilation of river improvement results data and the preparation of the preliminary draft of the results report and presentation materials on November 5, 2021; conducted Tamsui River improvement-related Questionnaire survey and statistics, of which the survey results showed that in terms of the overall governance evaluation of river improvement, the water quality improvement results of Tamsui River were mostly “satisfactory”; and a total of 5,328 documents and computer files were assisted as of November 30, 2021, and monthly regular assistance was offered in statistical analysis of control results required by the Environmental Protection Department and statistical analysis data such as administrative support control data according to law; we also assisted in the completion of 53 action items handed down by the Environmental Protection Department in addition to the implementation of the foregoing work projects.