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Rains stabilize Shihmen Reservoir water level

Rains stabilize Shihmen Reservoir water level

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The water level of a major reservoir in northern Taiwan stabilized Monday in the wake of much welcomed rainfall after steady declines the previous week, the Water Resources Agency (WRA, ???) said.
As of 6 p.m., Shihmen Reservoir's water level was 217.25 meters, or about 20.13 percent of capacity, down only marginally from a level of 217.31 meters, or 20.23 percent of capacity, on Sunday night at 11 p.m., according to WRA figures. The reservoir had been losing about half a percentage point of its capacity daily over the past week amid Taiwan's worst drought in over a decade. Taoyuan residents were encouraged early Monday morning when heavy rain began falling in their city, hoping that it would help relieve the persistent drought. But with the rain limited to low-lying areas rather than over Shihmen Reservoir, reservoir workers used ground-based cloud-seeding techniques at 11:40 a.m. to give nature a helping hand, sparking precipitation in the water catchment area about 20 minutes later. Capitalizing on the generally cloudy conditions, the WRA also carried out artificial rainmaking operations at four other reservoirs in Hsinchu and Miaoli in an effort to increase rainfall in those areas by between 10 and 15 percent. The four reservoirs -- Baoshan Reservoir No. 2 in Hsinchu County and Yongheshan, Liyutan and Mingteh reservoirs in Miaoli County -- are all down to below 30 percent of their capacity.
Hsieh Tzu-ping (???), station master of Mingteh Reservoir, said the reservoir was at its driest since 1993. "Unless the rain continues to fall, the relief Monday's rains provided will be very limited," Hsieh said. The WRA said the rainfall added 1.27 million cubic meters of water to the three Miaoli reservoirs and Deji Reservoir in Taichung from midnight Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday. But added water on its own was still not sufficient to relieve the severe water shortage in those areas, the WRA said. (By Bien Chin-fong, Kuan Jui-ping and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2020-12-02 14:59 GMT+08:00