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Over 100 New Taipei schools to suspend swim classes amid drought

Over 100 New Taipei schools to suspend swim classes amid drought

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) A total of 112 schools in areas of New Taipei that receive water from the Shihmen Reservoir will suspend swimming lessons from April 1, when phase-three water rationing will be implemented in parts of the city, the New Taipei City Education Department said Wednesday. Beginning April 1, four public swimming pools and the swimming pools of four civic sports centers in the city will also suspend operations, according to the department. Other public and school swimming pools that are not supplied by the Shihmen Reservoir will be allowed to maintain their normal operations but are required to reduce their water use by 20 percent to combat the drought, the department said. Department Commissioner Lin Teng-chiao (???) said that officials have notified schools to reduce their general water usage by between 30 percent and 50 percent and to keep their water towers filled before the third-phase rationing hits their districts, to ensure sufficient water supplies for students and teachers. As the worst drought in decades continues to grip Taiwan, the phase-three rationing will be imposed in the Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts of New Taipei, and in Taoyuan County, from April 1, meaning that water supplies will be suspended for two days each week in these areas on a rotational basis. The first phase of rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while phase-two restricts supplies to consumers who regularly use more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per month. Phase-three stops water supplies to entire areas on a rotational basis. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 22:48 GMT+08:00