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Recent rainfall not helping ease drought: WRA

Recent rainfall not helping ease drought: WRA

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Although Taiwan has received two rounds of rainfall recently, several major reservoirs around the island still held less than 30 percent of their capacities as of Wednesday, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said that day. According to the agency, the current drought, the worst to hit the country in over a decade, is likely to continue and more water rationing is still on the cards. After significant precipitation that began Monday, the catchment area of Shihmen Reservoir (????) in Taoyuan had received rainfall of 3.3 millimeters as of noon Wednesday, bringing in 500,000 tons of water, which is not enough to ease the drought, according to the agency's website. With the rain limited to low-lying areas rather than over the reservoir itself, reservoir workers began using ground-based cloud-seeding techniques at 9 a.m., sparking precipitation in the water catchment area. As of 7 p.m., the water level of Shihmen Reservoir, which mainly supplies New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hukou (??) in Hsinchu County, had risen to 217.86 meters, or about 21.12 percent of capacity. In addition, the Second Baoshan Reservoir (????) in Hsinchu, Yongheshan Reservoir (?????) and Liyutan Reservoir (?????) in Miaoli and Zengwen Reservoir (????) in Chiayi held less than 30 percent of their capacities, showing that the recent rain has not helped the drought situation in areas fed by these reservoirs. Under these circumstances, the agency said that if the catchment areas of Shihmen Reservoir do not recieve enough rain in the next few days, third-phase water rationing is expected to be implemented in Linkou (??), Banqiao (??) and Xinzhuang (??) in New Taipei, and in Taoyuan, from April 1 as scheduled. Under the third-phase water rationing, water supplies to these regions will be suspended for two days each week on a rotational basis. If the drought continues to worsen, the third-phase rationing will be imposed in areas of Miaoli that draw water from Yongheshan Reservoir, WRA Director Yang Wei-fu (???) told the Legislature Wednesday. To cope with the tightened water restrictions expected to be imposed in the locality and at the request of the WRA's northern region office, the Taoyuan Irrigation Association is providing six ponds to hold water. The office has also activated a drinking water purification system that can produce 15 tons of drinking water per day to cope with inadequate supplies of drinking water. (Huang Chiao-wen, Bien Chin-feng and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-25 06:21 GMT+08:00