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Persisting drought likely to force stricter water rationing

Persisting drought likely to force stricter water rationing

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Parts of northern Taiwan already subject to water rationing will likely face further water supply restrictions after the Lunar New Year holiday if the catchment of the main reservoir serving the area continues to drop amid low rainfall, the Water Resources Agency said Friday. The catchment of Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan has fallen to less than 45 percent of its capacity, officials from the agency's Northern Region Water Resource Office said after a drought response meeting. Furthermore, the average rainfall in January reached only 20 percent of the average for the same month in previous years, the officials went on. Citing a Central Weather Bureau prediction of continued low rainfall in the next three months, they warned of further water shortages in the near future and said it is possible that water supplies for the Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts of New Taipei, as well as for Taoyuan and Hsinchu County, will be further reduced after Feb. 24, the end of the Lunar New Year holiday. Those areas are now covered by the first of a three-phase water rationing measure adopted by the agency. Phase one water rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while phase two restricts supplies to consumers who usually use more than 1,000 cubic meter of water per month. Phase three provides water supplies to different areas on a rotational basis. (By Bien Chin-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 10:14 GMT+08:00