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Due to geographic and environmental constraints, construction of transportation and hydraulic facilities at South Penghu Marine National Park is extremely difficult. As a result, the provision of tap water requires an enormous amount of investment, and the high operating cost makes it unfeasible. In order to improve water quality for residents on Dongji Island and Dongyuping Island and supply them with safe, sufficient drinking water, Marine National Park Headquarters (hereafter referred to as MNPH) has initiated "New Seawater Desalination Plant Constructed in South Penghu Marine National Park" (including water intake facility, seawater desalination system, water storage facility, water distribution facility) at a total construction cost of NT$ 36.5 million. The project is slated for completion before July 2017, estimated to be able to provide 20 tons of water every day to improve drinking water quality on the islands and satisfy the water needs of environmental education and ecotourists.

 

Since there is currently no piped water supply on Dongji Island and Dongyuping Island, local residents rely mainly on ground water and well water. However, due to the limited amount of ground water available, old, leaking water pipelines and antiquated pumping equipment, water supply is limited and water quality is inconsistent. In order to improve the living standards and environment of island residents, as well as to implement the policy of developing South Penghu Marine National Park into a marine environmental education venue, MNPH has decided to build a seawater desalination plant on Dongji Island and Dongyuping Island to provide them with safe, sufficient drinking water, improve their quality of life and satisfy the water needs of environmental education and ecotourists. The aim is also to preserve ground water resources and conserve ecology on the islands.

 

The impact of global environmental change is becoming increasingly evident, where extreme weather conditions such as drought, flood and torrential rain are occurring more frequently. In order to materialize the goal of sustainable national park management, MNPH has intensified conservation efforts with the objective of maintaining ecosystem integrity, improving its resistance and resilience. In light of the unique environment of South Penghu Marine National Park, a comprehensive environmental landscape plan was implemented. Furthermore, in an effort to minimizing impact on the park's ecology and landscape, the management of various services and facilities is conducted with the principle of green building, energy conservation, carbon reduction and ecological sustainability in mind. The objective is to facilitate the fusion of culture, natural landscape and ecology, thereby realizing the vision of transforming South Penghu Marine National Park into "Penghu's Great Barrier Reef and Green Eco-island".

 

After seawater desalination plants on Dongyuping Island and Dongji Island are completed next year, living quality and water quality for ecotourism purposes are expected to see dramatic improvements. In the future, MNPH will continue to integrate potential water resources on South Penghu Marine National Park with the aim of achieving reliable water supply. Moreover, water resource conservation and water quality improvement will be emphasized to decrease groundwater utilization and abate the salinization of ground water in order to provide safe water resources and high quality ecotourism environment. As part of South Penghu Marine National Park's long term water plan, and to offer local residents and tourists sufficient, high quality water resources, it is advised that Taiwan Water Corporation, a specialist water services provider in the country, to coordinate water supply services in South Penghu Marine National Park, where water supply related software and hardware can be created using the company's expertise in order to cater to the future developments of South Penghu Marine National Park.

 

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Illustration of seawater desalination plant on Dongji Island after completion

 

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Illustration of seawater desalination plant on Dongyuping Island after completion

 

Recommended reading: "Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea – Dongsha Atoll"

  • Date of publication: August 2016
  • Price: NT$ 250
  • Available from: Wunan Books (No. 6, Zhongshan Rd., Central Dist., Taichung City 40042), Gov Books Songjiang Store (1F, No. 209, Songjiang Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10485), MNPH (No. 24, Demin Rd., Nanzi Dist., Kaohsiung City)
  • GPN: 4510501561

 

Introduction:
Dongsha Atoll National Park is the first "marine" national park in Taiwan, boasting world-class atoll ecology as well as rare, unique natural resources. Produced over a period of 2 years, documentary "Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea – Dongsha Atoll" documents Dongsha Atoll National Park from three different perspectives: sea, land and air, where a storytelling approach was adopted to introduce various diverse ecosystems, biology and cultural resources of Dongsha Atoll. Starting from its geographic location, the documentary takes the audience on a journey of breathtaking beauty and mystery of Dongsha Atoll's ecology, hoping to touch the public's heart with the national park's magnificent ecological environment, in turn raising their awareness to protect the ocean and ensure the sustainability of marine resources.

 

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"Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea – Dongsha Atoll" DVD

 

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"Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea – Dongsha Atoll" DVD documents Dongsha Atoll National Park

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