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Drinking Water Management Act
Original 21 articles promulgated by presidential order on November 10, 1972
Thirty-one articles revised and promulgated by presidential order on May 21, 1997
Revisions to Articles 2, 5, 14 and 26 promulgated by presidential order on December 22, 1999
Addition of Articles 12-1, 14-1, 24-1 through 24-3, and 25-1 promulgated by presidential order on January 8, 2003
Revisions to Articles 3, 6-9, 12,13,15,16,19,23,24, and 29, the addition of Article 15-1, and the deletion of Articles 17 and 27
promulgated by presidential order on January 27, 2006
Chapter 1 General Principles
This Act is formulated to ensure the quality of drinking water sources, improve public drinking
water quality and maintain public health. The regulations of other laws shall apply to those matters not
regulated by this Act.
"Competent authority" as referred to in this Act means the Environmental Protection
Administration, Executive Yuan, at the central government level, the municipal government in special
municipalities and the county or city government in counties or cities.
Drinking water referred to in this Act means water provided for human drinking. Types of
drinking water include the following types.
I. "Tap water", which means sanitary public water supply subject to the Tap Water Act that is guided
and supplied by waterpipes and other facilities.
II. Water from community-installed public water supply equipment.
III. Water provided by source treated by stationary continuous water supply equipment.
IV. Other water designated by the central competent authority.
Drinking water sources are as follows.
1. Surface water body means water, in part or in whole, existing in rivers, lakes, reservoirs,
ponds and other systems.
2. Groundwater body means the water existing in underground water-bearing strata.
3. Other water designated by the central competent authority.
Drinking water equipment referred to in this Act means equipment subject to the regulations of the
Tap Water Act, community-installed public water supply equipment, stationary continuous water
supply equipment provided by public or private premises to the public for drinking, and other
equipment designated and officially announced by the central competent authority.
Chapter 2 Water Source Management
Acts that pollute water source quality are prohibited in areas within a certain distance of a drinking
water source quality protection area or drinking water intake point.
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