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Taiwan water reserves said to be adequate

Taiwan water reserves said to be adequate

Water supply is expected to remain stable in the first half of 2006 in Taiwan, in light of the satisfactory water reserves at local reservoirs and water flow in rivers islandwide, Water Resources Agency officials forecast on yesterday.

In the northern region, water supply in the Taipei area will be sufficient, with the reserves at the Feitsui Reservoir currently amounting to 87.47 percent and water flow in the Keelung River maintaining normal levels, the officials said.

The reserves at Shihmen Reservoir, which mainly supplies water to the Taoyuan area, is at 83.83 percent, they said, adding that they expect no water shortages in the spring next year but fear shortages might occur if rainfall fails to appear after March.

Water supply in the Hsinchu area will also be sufficient, as the water flow in the Touchien River is normal and the reserves at the Paoshan Reservoir are at 95.48 percent, they said.

In the central region, the reserves at the Yungheshan, Liyutan, Tehchi, Wushe, Sun Moon Lake Reservoirs are all at more than 70 percent, the officials said.

In the southern region, the reserves at the the Lantan and Jenyi Reservoirs together are at 80 percent; that of the Nanhua Reservoir is at 80 percent; and the reserves at Tsengwen and Wushantou Reservoirs are also at 70 percent, they said.