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Innovative Water Management: New Taipei City Government Advances Flood Control Response Efficiency

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With the rapid development of data communication technologies such as big data, Internet of Things (IoT), and wireless transmission, building smart cities has become an international trend. In response to climate abnormalities around the world, the frequency of typhoons and heavy rains has increased, and the increase of intensity rainfall. The New Taipei City Government actively promotes the "Smart Flood Control Network Promotion and Construction Plan" and "Rain Underwater Channel Water Level Monitoring System" to improve disaster prevention, early warning and Resilience. Hope it could integrate big data in the Internet of Things, the integration of the system and services of urban rainwater channels to improve the efficiency of resource utilization, optimize urban management and service functions, improve the citizen’s life quality, provide innovative water management services, and improve the effectiveness of flood response.

It focused on monitoring the drainage level in the river area in the past. Most of the data collection is relied on on-site investigation. It would be surveyed and responded personally. It is really lack of timely monitoring. In the view of this situation, The New Taipei City Government has deployed 70 flood sensors and integrated data with existed geographic information systems (GIS) to achieve automatic flood detection and real-time reporting. It refers to the past flooding records to install equipment in the 18 jurisdictions of New Taipei City, and it adopts new equipment of the Internet of Things, which can achieve full-time automatic and real-time monitoring function to improve disaster response in decision-making and flood control efficiency, so that citizens can live and work in peace and free from flood threats.

In addition to floods, droughts should not be underestimated. There is insufficient rainfall in the flood season each year. Since the non-flood season enters in November, the water supply will be prone to poor water conditions. When the water situation is severe, the New Taipei City government not only actively calls on the water supply institutions to negotiate the deployment to stabilize the water supply for the people's livelihood, but also through various promotional channels, such as marquee, press release, Facebook and promotional videos, urges the public to cooperate in saving water for Enter the stage of reduced water supply. The water resources prepared during the drought mainly consisted of 76 drought-resistant wells and water recovered by various water resource recovery centers. Four of them are public drought-resistant wells, and the remaining 72 are private, well-established water wells. If water conditions continue to be poor, requisition will be initiated if necessary.

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