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Drinking Water was Contaminated in Greater Taipei Area after Typhoon Soudelor

Typhoon Soudelor pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rain Saturday on August 8, the typhoon that ripped across the island has made millions of people with tap water unfit for drinking.

Flooding from Typhoon Soudelor overwhelmed water purification systems in two cities, including the capital Taipei, and New Taipei City. “It’s over its capacity,” says Li Wei-sen, secretary-general of the government’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction. “The system needs a lot of time to purify such muddy water.”

About 5 million people are getting dirty water Monday, Li said. Up from 100,000 households where supplies were soiled after a typhoon in 2004. It took a month to clean up the water in 2004, the last time a typhoon caused mass contamination, Li said. He expects the supplies muddied after Saturday’s storm to clear up in two to three days as sediments sink and ease the burden on purification plants.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2015/08/09/mass-drinking-water-contamination-in-taiwan-after-typhoon/