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Official urges water conservation in southern Taiwan amid drought

Official urges water conservation in southern Taiwan amid drought

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) An official from Taiwan's water management office on Friday urged people in southern Taiwan to conserve water as the level in a major river there had dropped significantly. The water level at Kaoping River, which flows through Kaohsiung city and Pingtung county, has gone down considerably due to the drought, said Lien Shang-yao, deputy head of Ministry of Economic Affairs' Southern Region Water Resources Office. He urged the public to conserve water as residents in Kaohsiung rely on the river for 95 percent of their water use. Water supply is also tight in Tainan City, as Zengwen and Wusanto reservoirs are currently only at 39.75 percent of their capacity, Lien said. The official said his office is working to address the looming water shortage so that water rationing measures will not expand from industrial users to also impact households in southern Taiwan by the end of May. Data from 13 observation stations around Taiwan showed rainfall around the island from October last year to February was the lowest since 1947, according to Lien, citing information from the Central Weather Bureau. (By Yang Sz-ruei and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 07:00 GMT+08:00