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2nd-phase water rationing may be lifted in parts of northern Taiwan

2nd-phase water rationing may be lifted in parts of northern Taiwan

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) With the arrival of a plum rain front that brought heavy downpours to Taiwan on Wednesday, water authorities are likely to lift second-phase water rationing imposed in areas near Shihmen Reservoir (????) in Taoyuan, which supplies most northern Taiwanese cities, the Water Resource Agency (WRA) said on Thursday. The strong plum rain front has brought much-needed precipitation to regions battling the country's worst drought in decades, including areas supplied by Shihmen Reservoir, currently under second-phase water rationing. Second-phase water rationing has been implemented in many parts of Taiwan recently to force heavy users to reduce the amount of water they use by a range of five percent to as much as 20 percent. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is scheduled to hold a meeting Friday to discuss whether to lift second-phase water rationing in areas supplied by Shihmen Reservoir, according to MOEA Vice Minister Yang Wei-fuu (???). However, the current third-phase water rationing -- turning off the tap two days a week for all users -- will remain in place in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City because rainfall there fell outside of catchment areas, according to the WRA. Kaohsiung introduced third phase water rationing on May 4, cutting water supplies to residents in 29 of the city's 38 districts every Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, most areas in southern Taiwan which have been hit hard by the worse drought have received only inadequate rainfall, the WRA added. Tainan is currently undergoing phase-two rationing, and the government will decide whether to introduce phase-three rationing for the city during the Friday meeting. In Taiwan, first-phase water rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while second-phase means the water supply is restricted for consumers who usually use more then 1,000 cubic meters per month, and third-phase rationing cuts the water supply to entire areas two days a week on a rotating basis. (By Milly Lin, Yang Sz-ruei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:47 GMT+08:00