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Hsinchu offers recycled water for cleaning amid persistent drought

Hsinchu offers recycled water for cleaning amid persistent drought

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) The Hsinchu county government has started offering citizens recycled water for cleaning use amid the persistent drought. The local government-run Zhutong and Zhubei water recycling centers are each providing 1,000 to 1,500 tons of recycled water per day that people can collect free of charge, officials at the water resource division of the county's Public Works Department said Sunday. The recycled water can be used for house-cleaning and for watering plants in the run-up to the six-day Lunar New Year holiday that will begin Feb. 18, the officials said. Due to the continuing drought, phase-two water rationing will begin in Hsinchu Feb. 26, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Phase-two rationing means that water supplies will be suspended for high-usage facilities such as water fountains, street cleaners and other non-urgent major users of water. For non-industrial users that consume more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per month, supplies will be cut by 20 percent, while industrial users will have their supplies cut by 5 percent. Medical institutions and other designated users will not be subject to the rationing. Swimming pools and car washes will also have their supplies cut by 20 percent. The first phase of rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while phase-two restricts supplies to consumers who regularly use more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per month. Phase three stops water supplies to entire areas on a rolling basis. (By Yu Hsiang-kai and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 00:53 GMT+08:00