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Despite rainfall, more water rationing still in the cards: WRA

Despite rainfall, more water rationing still in the cards: WRA

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Monday's heavy rainfall gave Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan an additional seven days of water, but new water rationing measures will still be put into practice on April 1 as scheduled, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Tuesday. From midnight Sunday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Shihmen Reservoir added 5.83 million cubic meters of water, according to WRA data, actually pushing the reservoir's water level higher after it had steadily receded for weeks. WRA Chief Secretary Lai Chien-hsin (???) cautioned, however, that while the rain brought some much needed short-term relief amid Taiwan's worst drought in a decade, it only made a limited contribution and would not change water rationing plans. Under the new measure, water supplied to areas served by the Shihmen Reservoir -- the city of Taoyuan, and Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei -- will be cut off two days a week starting as scheduled on April 1, the WRA said. Lai said that except for Feitsui Reservoir, which supplies water to the Greater Taipei area, water storage rates at all other reservoirs in western Taiwan remain low. Though Monday's precipitation stabilized water levels at some reservoirs in northern Taiwan, Baoshan Reservoir No. 2 in Hsinchu was still down to 25.14 percent of capacity as of Tuesday afternoon, and Mingteh Reservoir in Miaoli County was at 20.74 percent of capacity as of Tuesday morning. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2020-12-01 23:38 GMT+08:00