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Water rationing to hurt output in Shihmen Reservoir area: official

Water rationing to hurt output in Shihmen Reservoir area: official

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Economic Affairs Minister John Deng (???) expressed concern Monday that companies receiving water from Shihmen Reservoir in northern Taiwan could suffer heavy losses if the reservoir's water level continues to fall. Companies in the Shihmen Reservoir area produce NT$13.3 billion (US$423.23 million) worth of goods a day, and they could see output fall by between NT$1.3 billion and NT$4.6 billion per day if drought conditions persist, Deng estimated. The government has begun rationing water in the areas supplied by the reservoir -- Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei and the city of Taoyuan -- cutting supplies to industrial water users by 10 percent, a situation Deng described as "manageable." "But if the situation continues to worsen, it will definitely have an impact," he said. The big hit could come when the next phase of water rationing starts at the beginning of April, when all water users in the Shihmen Reservoir network will have their water supply cut off on a rotating basis two days a week. A water consumption surcharge will also soon be imposed on big water users based on consumption levels of at least 1,000, 3,000 and 6,000 cubic meters a month, but it will not affect residential users, Vice Economic Affairs Minister Yang Wei-fuu (???) said Monday. Yang said that if Monday's rains fall in water catchment areas and helps stabilize Shihmen Reservoir's water level, it would be very helpful, but he did not have updated figures on the amount collected by the reservoir when he spoke early Monday afternoon. (By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-09 18:29 GMT+08:00