Phase-one water rationing starts April 5 in Taiwan’s Chiayi, Tainan

The nation is battling its worst water crisis in over a decade.

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Chiayi and Tainan will be placed on phase-one water rationing starting on April 5th, the government announced Wednesday.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced the contingency plan after its second meeting in two weeks to address the nation’s water shortage problem due to lack of rainfall this year.   

As the nation battles its worst water crisis in over a decade following the lowest rainfall since 1947, the first phase of water rationing has been ongoing in Kaohsiung as well as some parts of northern Taiwan since March 1, including Taoyuan, Hsinchu and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts.

With little or no rainfall being recorded in south of Taichung in recent weeks, Chiayi and Tainan will be joining Kaohsiung as “yellow light” areas, meaning stage-one of the water rationing implementation, said the ministry.  

Starting on April 5th, water rationing will also begin in Chiayi and Tainan, under which water pressure will be reduced by 5 percent from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the designated areas.

Government departments and state-run enterprises in these areas would give the example by turning off fountains and canceling the non-essential use of water, such as the cleaning of outer walls, the ministry said.