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Water rationing looms in parts of northern Taiwan

Water rationing looms in parts of northern Taiwan

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Stricter water rationing measures planned for Taoyuan and parts of New Taipei and Hsinchu County will take effect on Wednesday because of the low probability of precipitation in April, a Water Resources Agency (WRA) official said Monday. The stricter water rationing measures include suspending water supplies to households two days a week on a rotating basis as Taiwan continues to feel the effects of its worst drought in decades even after seeing some rainfall in the north at the end of March. The measures, which will influence 1.16 million households in northern Taiwan, will be implemented in Taoyuan City, Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei City, and Hukou and Xinfeng townships in Hsinchu County starting on April 8. Lai Chien-hsin (???), chief secretary of the WRA, cautioned that the chances of precipitation in April are low, and Taiwan will have to hope for the plum rains in May to ease the drought. A cold front from the north arriving in Taiwan on Monday evening could bring thundershowers or showers to parts of northern Taiwan through April 12, the Central Weather Bureau forecast on Monday. But even if there is rain, there is no guarantee it will fall in the catchment areas of northern Taiwan reservoirs, especially Shihmen Reservoir.
As of 3 p.m. Monday, the water level at Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan stood at 220.00 meters, equivalent to 24.81 percent of its overall capacity. That is higher than when it dipped to nearly 20 percent on March 22 but still low enough to warrant heavy rationing. The stricter water rationing measures were originally scheduled to start on April 1, but were postponed by a week to not disrupt the April 5 Tomb Sweeping Day by Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) in late March.
(By Yang Shu-min, Chang Ming-kun and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:24 GMT+08:00