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Phase-two water rationing to hit major users in north, central, south

2015/02/13 15:26:11

Shimen Reservoir on Feb. 12

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan Water Corp. said Friday that phase-two water rationing will hit major users of water resources like street cleaners starting on Feb. 26 after the Lunar New Year holiday due to a lack of rainfall.

The company said that affected regions will range from the north of the country to the south, covering New Taipei's districts of Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang; Taoyuan; Hsinchu; Miaoli; Taichung; northern parts of Changhua County; Tainan; and Kaohsiung.

Water supplies will be suspended there for water fountains, street cleaners and other major uses of water that are not urgent.

For non-industrial users in those areas that consume more than 1,000 cubic meter of waters per month, water supplies will be cut by 20 percent, while industrial users will have their water supplies cut by 5 percent.

Medical institutions and other specified users will not be subject to the rationing.

At swimming pools and car washers, water supply will also be cut by 20 percent.

The first phase of rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while phase two restricts supplies to consumers who regularly use more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per month. Phase three stops water supplies to entire areas on a rolling basis.

Southern Changhua, Yunlin County and Chiayi County in central and southern Taiwan will enter the first stage of water rationing on the same day.

(By Hau Hsueh-ching and Lilian Wu)