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Kaohsiung water supply secure through May

Kaohsiung water supply secure through May

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) The water supply in the greater Kaohsiung area is expected to be adequate until May, when it is hoped seasonal rains will bring further relief to drought-stricken southern Taiwan, local river management sources said Saturday.
According to the Kao-ping Diversion Weir Operation Center, more than 30 millimeters of rain fell in both February and March in the upper reaches of the Kaoping River, helping it accumulate water that will supply the Kaohsiung area.
The center currently provides around 105 tons of water per day to local residents. If more rain falls in April and May, water can continue to be supplied normally into June, center officials said.
To promote greater rainfall in the south, the Air Force, the Water Resoruces Agency (WRA) and an atmospheric sciences team from National Taiwan University attempted on Friday to generate rain artificially over the water catchment areas of the Tsengwen, Wushantou and Nanhua reservoirs in Tainan and Chiayi counties.
The artificial rain offensive, the biggest in Taiwan in years, produced a slight drizzle in Kaohsiung on Saturday.
WRA Deputy Director-General Wu Yueh-si admitted, however, that it would be difficult to produce heavy rainfall artificially during the November-to-April dry season, when the area receives only 10 percent of its annual rainfall.
But with weather fronts expected to pass over central Taiwan in the coming days, the authorities will soon renew their efforts to create rain, he added.
Wu said a day earlier that the water supply across Taiwan should be secure through the end of July, with the greater Kaohsiung area the exception.
No rain has fallen in parts of southern Taiwan since Typhoon Morakot devastated that part of the country last August. Spring rice planting in some areas of central and southern Taiwan has been suspended to save water.
(By K. F. Chen and Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-04-15 17:14 GMT+08:00