Large areas of slope land in Taiping District and Wufeng District of Taichung City have been illegally developed and then sold to unsuspecting people piece by piece. As it is difficult to find the land developers, the Water Resources Bureau of Taichung City Government has fined the landowners according to law and ordered them to submit their own “soil and water conservation plan” to the concerned competent authority for review and approval in accordance with Article 12 of Soil and Water Conservation Act. The Water Resources Bureau has vowed to strictly investigate any unlawful cases so as to stop deforesting on slope land.
To alleviate flooding and slope-land disaster, slope land management is essential, said Water Resources Bureau. For the small-scale agricultural slope-land development and utilization, the Water Resources Bureau has vowed to not only promote the importance of soil and water conservation for the slope land but also guide farmers to set up grit chambers on their own farmland to prevent loss of soil during slope-land development and to keep water in farmland for reuse.
As non-agricultural land uses have greater impact on the soil and water conservation, the developers are required to implement the soil and water conservation and maintenance in accordance with the Soil and Water Conservation Act and the Technical Specifications for Soil and Water Conservation. To reduce the improper use of slope land, the Water Resources Bureau has been strengthening the inspection on the construction during the slope-land development process and has also dispatched inspectors to check the construction sites irregularly.
Water Resources Bureau urges our citizens to carefully examine the leveled slope land before purchase so as to avoid violation of the relevant laws and potential trouble in further land development in the future. Water Resources Bureau vows to act alone or join hands with the relevant authorities to actively investigate illegal cases so as to reduce soil erosion and slope-land disaster. It is hoped that sustainable development of land be maintained.
Contact Person: Ms Lai, Water Resources Bureau of Taichung City Government (read more)
Shu Wang Pi Water Pumping Station started operation in 2013 when Typhoon Suli hit Taichung City, but it failed to protect some low-lying areas from flooding. The Water Resources Bureau of Taichung City Government said today (July 6) that to cope with the torrential rains exceeding the regional drainage capacity, the Bureau would lower the height of overflow weir for the reservoir of the Shu Wang Pi Water Pumping Station and added one more pump set in August. In addition, Shu Wang Pi will be included into the drainage-system review and planning program for Wurih District, whose preliminary plan will be submitted at the end of 2014.
Shu Wang Pi Water Pumping Station started operation on July 13, 2013, when Typhoon Suli hit Taichung. The Station did help to protect people's lives and property for the Shu Wang Pi catchment area and its surrounding territory by reducing flooding in terms of area, depth and time, said the Water Resources Bureau. However, due to climate change, torrential rains exceeding the regional drainage capacity still caused flooding in some low-lying areas.
To solve the local flooding problems, the Water Resources Bureau invited experts and scholars and local people to discuss the direction and time frame, assessed the cost-effectiveness, and then formulated short-term and long-term plans. In the short term, the height of overflow weir would be lowered, so that water will flow into the reservoir earlier for pumping operation and a set of pump (2 cubic meters / second) will be added to reduce the risk of flooding caused by overflow. In the long term, the ditch systems will be reviewed and re-designed. In principle, water from inside or outside will be handled separately to reduce the ditch workload, a new waterway will be added to the water collection system at Wu Guang Li of Wurih District, and links between the inside or outside ditches will be set up to solve the predicament that external water cannot be discharged into the Station and the risk of flooding caused by overflowing.
Contact Person: Miss Deng, Water Resources Bureau of Taichung City Government (read more)