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Sediments removed from Shimen Reservoir during severe drought

Sediments removed from Shimen Reservoir during severe drought

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) A unit of Taiwan's Water Resources Agency is working to remove sediment in the upstream of Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan City, with the objective of transporting 150,000 cubic meters of the material in a year, a government official said Friday. Due to the current drought, the water level in the reservoir that supplies water to two major cities in northern Taiwan is low enough for sediment removal work to be carried out, the head of Northern Region Water Resources Office Chen Chao-cheng (???) said. The sediment removal work began in January and so far they've removed 158,400 cubic meters. Since 2009, some 773,000 cubic meters of sediment have been removed from the reservoir, said Chen. Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) visited the reservoir on Thursday to receive a briefing and to check on the sediments removal work. As of March 5, the water level of the reservoir was the second lowest since it went into operation in 1964, Chen said. Shimen Reservoir supplies water for residents in Taoyuan and the western part of New Taipei City. The western part of New Taipei as well as Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung cities and counties began the second phase of water rationing on Feb. 26, as Taiwan faced its worst drought in a decade. In Taiwan, first-phase water rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while second-phase means the water supply is restricted to consumers who usually use more then 1,000 cubic meters per month, and third-phase rationing cuts the water supply to entire areas on a rotating basis. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-28 21:02 GMT+08:00