Despite water rationing in parts of Taiwan, Vice Economics Minister Yang Wei-fuu (楊偉甫) said today that water prices will remain unchanged through the end of the year, UDN reported.
Taiwan Water Corporation (台灣自來水公司) Chairman Kuo Chun-Ming (郭俊銘) said recently that a plan was in place to raise water use prices, but he added that the increase would not be significant.
Yang told reporters that Taiwan Water’s plan had not yet been discussed with the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He said that the ministry will review the plan to assess whether it is reasonable based on its own analysis and that of Taiwan Water before coming to a decision on a price hike, but no price hike would be initiated before the end of the year.
Yang noted that the water price in Taipei is cheaper than in other parts of Taiwan and that prices should be consistent and will be adjusted accordingly. However, any price adjustment should come after the ministry discusses plans with Taiwan Water.
First phase water rationing began earlier this month in Tainan and Chiayi. Kaohsiung and parts of New Taipei instituted water rationing in late March to combat the worst winter drought in 70 years, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).
Last week the WRA said that recent rainfall had slightly eased the drought in central Taiwan, delaying the need for second phase water rationing.