Water well, hand pump, and water station
In the local group in Taiwan, we have divided opinions on the eligibility of public accessible water supply facilities, such as water well, hand pump, and water station.
I’d like to briefly describe the water supply system in Taiwan because the eligibility depends on the uniqueness. If the facility is ordinary, it might be ineligible. In Taiwan, 94.51% of the residents have tap water . However, in some remote areas, more than 50% of the residents don’t have tap water . As a result, the residents must find another method to get clean water. Most of them chose groundwater . And almost all of them use electrical devices to get groundwater rather than a manual one because the rate of households that has electricity is high. According to the statistics , 99.6% of households had electricity in 1974. In conclusion, water wells and hand pumps are not so common in Taiwan, but in some areas of Taiwan, they might be common facilities.
A water station is a facility that sells water. I’m not sure of its English name. You could imagine that it is a gas station. Instead of providing gasoline, it sells water. Water stations are ordinary facilities in Taiwan. There are 1778 water stations in Kaohsiung city . In my opinion, most of them are ineligible because they are generic commercial businesses. However, some of them may meet some of the criteria.
The followings are some examples that we have divided opinions. I’ll provide the pictures and list the reasons for eligible and ineligible.
Case #1: Water well
- If the water well is still in use, it may have cultural significance, and it may be a gathering place for the community.
- If the water well is no longer in use, it may have historical significance.
- Water towers in rural areas are eligible . Public accessible water well provides clean water to the community. It has cultural significance as well as the water tower has.
- Water wells are not common facilities because 94.51% of the residents use tap water in the country . And for the residents that don’t have tap water, most of them use electrical devices to get groundwater .
- According to the Ingress AMA Archive , private residential property is specific to a single-family residence. Most of the water wells are open to more than a single-family.
- Water well is ordinary in some rural areas that the rate of having tap water is less than 50% . It is not visually unique.
- It may be private residential property.
Case #2: No longer in use water well
- Include the reasons mentioned above.
- It may have some historical meaning.
- Include the reasons mentioned above.
- It looks like a ruin.
Case #3: Hand pump
- Just like water tower and water well, hand pump may have cultural significance or historical significance because it provides water to the community.
- Hand pumps are not common facilities because 94.51% of the residents use tap water in the country . And for the residents that don’t have tap water, most of them use electrical devices to get groundwater .
- Most of the hand pumps are not limited to the public because groundwater is free.
- It may be a gathering place for the community.
- If the object meets other criteria, you could not reject it for the reason of mass-produced items. For example, you could not reject a playground even if it is mass-produced.
- Hand pumps are mass-produced objects. And they are still available now .
- It is common in some rural areas that the rate of having tap water is less than 50% .
- According to the discussion in another post , pumps may be ineligible.
Case #4: Water station
In this case, the submitter claims that it is the only place to get clean water in the village.
- If the statement is true, it is an indispensable place for the community. As a result, it may have cultural significance.
- It may also be a gathering place for the community.
- It is a generic business. There are 1778 water stations in Kaohsiung city .
- You couldn’t verify the statement from the submitter.
- Just like a gas station, it is still ineligible even if it is the only place in the village to get the gasoline.
Case #5: Robot style water station
- It’s art. The style of the robots is slightly different from store to store.
- It may have cultural significance as well as the water tower has. (If it is true, all of the water stations are eligible.)
- It is a generic business. It is a chain store.
- Just like a Ronald McDonald statue, it is a mass-produced object.
 Statistics form Water Resource Agency of Taiwan, June 2020, https://www.wra.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=2945&s=7417
 Statistics from Water Resource Agency of Taiwan, August 2018, https://www.wra.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=2959&s=8184
 Report from a news website, August 2015, https://www.thenewslens.com/article/22424
 Report from a news website, July 2018,
 Report form Bureau of Energy of Taiwan, June 2003, https://energymagazine.itri.org.tw/Cont.aspx?CatID=31&ContID=401
 Report from a news website, October 2015, https://ourisland.pts.org.tw/content/%E8%B2%B7%E6%B0%B4%E4%BA%BA%E7%94%9F
 “Water tanks”, discussion in Wayfarer forum, June 2020, https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/comment/18368#Comment_18368
 Ingress AMA Archive, March 2019, https://ingressama.com/search?q=Apartment
 A shopping website that sells hand pump, https://www.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21304192468303
 “Irrigation system pumps in rural areas?”, discussion in Wayfarer forum, June 2020, https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/3229/irrigation-system-pumps-in-rural-areas