Brief History

Preface

Water supply system have a tremendous influence on daily life and are essential to modern society. A reliable supply of water is necessary to protect people’s health, safety, and quality of life as well as enabling the development of urban areas and stimulating economic development. A sufficient water supply is an internationally recognized indicator of the level of public health, economic development, and competitiveness of a country.

Taiwan has maintained a well-developed water supply system for over one hundred years. As the economy has grown, the water supply systems have been progressively expanded and upgraded to meet the changing needs of the populace. As of the year 2000, Taiwan’s water supply system has achieved a supply rate of 90.5% and was serving approximately 20,000,000 people. Taiwan’s water supply capacity of 13,000,000 m3 /day is provided through nearly 60,000 kilometers of piping.

The Chinese Taiwan Water Work Association (CTWWA) has been an important contributor in the development of Taiwan’s water supply system over the last one hundred years. Since 1950, it has provided a platform for technology exchange between academia, engineers, and business. This brochure offers an introduction to water supply development in Taiwan, and the role of the CTWWA.

Brief History

The water works Association of Taiwan was established in June, 1950, and was later renamed the Chinese Taiwan Water Works Association on 17 November 1967. The CTWWA is a membership organization with a broad base of organizational and individual members. As of 2003, the CTWWA had 24 organizational members, including four national water supply facilities (the Taiwan Water Supply Corporation, the Kinmen Water Works, and Lien-jiang Water Works), two government agencies, and 16 companies involved in providing water supply engineering services of equipment. In addition, the CTWWA also has 5,600 individual members from industry, academia, and research institutes.

The highest government body within the CTWWA is its General Convention. A Board of Directors and Supervisors serves underneath the General Convention, and the President of the CTWWA servers as its public representative. There are seven standing committees covering: international affairs, management research, technology research, finances, publications, membership affairs, and an advisory committee.

The CTWWA office is headed by its Executive Secretary and the office is organized into five departments: general administration, accounting, services, personnel, and association affairs. In addition, the CTWWA also maintains a laboratory that provides analytical services.