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Water level at Shimen Reservoir rises significantly

Water level at Shimen Reservoir rises significantly

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The water situation at Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan City has improved considerably since Sunday, when heavy rain began falling in Taiwan at the start of the wet season, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Tuesday. As of noon Tuesday, the water level in Shimen Reservoir had risen to 220.68 meters, or 26 percent of its capacity, the agency said. Since the rains began Sunday night, the reservoir has collected an estimated 10.49 million cubic meters of water from rainfall and an additional 1.42 million cubic meters from its Sanxia River feed, which amounts to enough water to supply the reservoir's dependent areas for 10 days, according to the WRA. The rain has been falling in Taiwan since a weather front arrived Sunday night, signaling the start of the annual plum rain season. Taiwan has been battling its worst drought in decades and was forced to introduce third-phase water rationing from April 8 in areas supplied by Shimen Reservoir --Taoyuan City, parts of New Taipei and Hsinchu County. Under third-phase water rationing, the supply of tap water to households is cut completely two days a week on a rotational basis. The WRA said Tuesday that the water rationing measures may be lifted if Shimen Reservoir continues to collect significant volumes of water over the next few days. Meanwhile, Baoshan and Second Baoshan reservoirs in Hsinchu County received an estimated 1.73 million cubic meters of water from the rainfall, enough for nine to 10 days of water supply, the WRA said. Yongheshan Reservoir in Miaoli County received an estimated 1.48 million cubic meters, enough to supply its dependent areas for eight days, according to the WRA. Mingde and Liyutan reservoirs, both in Miaoli County, collected about 870,000 cubic meters and 2.23 million cubic meters of water, respectively, the agency said. In central Taiwan, Deji Reservoir in Taichung City and Wushe Reservoir in Nantou County collected 4.58 million cubic meters and 6 million cubic meters of water, respectively. In southern Taiwan, Zengwen Reservoir in Chiayi County has collected an estimated 1 million cubic meters of water since Monday night, about one day's water supply, while Nanhua Reservoir in Tainan City received an estimated 300,000 cubic meters, the agency said. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 09:54 GMT+08:00