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Water rationing may be tightened before May: official

Water rationing may be tightened before May: official

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) The government may be forced to further restrict the water supply to some areas of Taiwan before May as the country continues to experience scant rainfall, Yang Wei-fuu (???), director-general of the Water Resources Agency (WRA), said Wednesday. He said the government had been hoping there would be no need until at least the end of May for third-phase water rationing, which would mean cutting the water supply to entire areas on a rotational basis. But with nine cities and counties around Taiwan already under second-phase water restrictions and no signs of the drought easing, third-phase rationing before the start of May might become necessary, Yang said in a report to the ruling Kuomintang's Central Standing Committee. In those nine areas under second-phase water rationing, the supply is restricted to consumers who usually use more than 1,000 cubic meters per month. Yang also said supplies are running low at Shihmen Reservoir (????) in Taoyuan County and Yongheshan Reservoir (?????) in Miaoli County, which makes it difficult to maintain the goal of delaying third-phase water rationing until the end of May. If an early implementation cannot be avoided, however, consumers will be given advance notice so they can prepare, said Yang, who is also vice minister of economic affairs. After hearing Yang's report, KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) said that the government should try to deal with the problem of long existing water leaks and take steps to allocate water for agricultural, industrial and domestic use. Chu, who is mayor of New Taipei City, noted that Taiwan is experiencing its worst drought since 2002 and he urged consumers to do their best to conserve water. Also Wednesday, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said it has decided to reduce the water supply from Shihmen and Yonghe Shan Reservoirs to industrial consumers from the current 5 percent to 7.5 percent starting March 13, as part of its efforts to delay third-phase rationing. If it becomes necessary to reduce the supply to industrial users by 10 percent, about 30 percent of manufacturers, mainly in the electronics and chemical industries, will be affected, the ministry said. Domestic areas fed by the two reservoirs have been under phase-one water rationing, which means the water pressure is reduced at night. (Claudia Liu, Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:41 GMT+08:00