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Taipei City Advances Greatly in Lead Pipe Replacement

Since Lead Pipe was reported by media in 2016, concerns grow among our customers. In order to eliminate worries of the public, Taipei City Government resolved to speed up the lead pipe replacement progress and it was decided to replace them all into Stainless Steel Pipe. The target for this year is 60%. Out of the 17,714 users, 12,876 have been replaced and actually up to mid of October 2016, target of 60% had achieved and it is expected to reach 73% by end of 2016.Since Lead Pipe was reported by media in 2016, concerns grow among our customers. In order to eliminate worries of the public, Taipei City Government resolved to speed up the lead pipe replacement progress and it was decided to replace them all into Stainless Steel Pipe. The target for this year is 60%. Out of the 17,714 users, 12,876 have been replaced and actually up to mid of October 2016, target of 60% had achieved and it is expected to reach 73% by end of 2016.
According to Taipei Water Department, following the change in time and progress in technology, tap-water pipe materials improved gradually, and have changed from lead pipe to cast iron pipe, plastic pipe and stainless steel pipe. Lead pipe is characterized of pressure resistance and high ductility and was widely applied in tap water transmission since 1920 up to 1970. Therefore, many cities developed earlier are still remaining with lead pipe here and there. They include London of UK, Amsterdam of Holland, Berlin of Germany, Antwerp of Belgium and Tokyo and Osaka of Japan.
Taipei Water Department stopped placing lead pipe in 1979 and, replacement of lead pipe of 20 meets long was completed between 2009 and 2013. Balance of lead pipes are scattered in the networks. While the water quality examination indicated the quality is within safety limit, in order to eliminate doubts and worries of the public, Taipei Water Department stepped up the replacement work and it is expected to complete in 3 years. By end of 2016, 60% of users led pipe should be replaced and in 2017, the accumulated progress shall be about 90% and the replacement work shall be completed in 2017.