Feitsui Reservoir encourages the use of phosphate free laundry and dish detergent to ensure the finest reservoir water quality.
To further improve the water quality of Feitsui Reservoir and to strengthen interaction with upstream residents of Shiding District, Feitsui Reservoir officials led by Commissioner Liou visit Yong-an Community on September 12th, 2012 and gave out Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) certified phosphate-free laundry and dish detergents. These certified detergents effectively reduce emissions of phosphorus and other substances in the water. The estimated annual inflow of phosphorus content decreases by approximately 3,450 kg and will greatly enhance the overall water quality of the reservoir.
Feitsui authorities said the survey found that the main sources of phosphorus are from domestic sewage and the vast majority are from the day-to-day use of Non EPA certified laundry and dish detergents. Such detergents contains phosphorus ingredients as high as 2% -12%, more than the 0.1% of EPA certified detergents.
Commissioner Liou cannot stress more that by promoting phosphate-free detergents around the reservoir area, not only it passes Central Government environmental protection policy, it is also inline with the “Spirit of Water Conservation and Compensation Fee”. If the implementation greatly increases the water quality, in the near future Feitsui Reservoir will recommend EPA, Water Resources Agency, and New Taipei City Government to implement more phosphate-free detergents along the greater area of Taipei city.
Commissioner Liou (Right) at Yong-an Community with Community Chief Gao (Left) to promote Eco-label phosphate-free laundry and dish detergents to local resident Mr. Luo (Middle) on September 12th, 2012