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Shimen Reservoir's water level continues to drop

2017/02/20 20:38:07

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Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) The water level in Shimen Reservoir, which supplies Taoyuan and Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei, has fallen to 55 percent capacity, leaving open the possibility of water rationing to those areas, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Monday.

With the water level at 232.6 meters in the reservoir, the WRA said, a meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss whether to introduce first-stage water rationing to the supply areas, considering that the average rainfall in most parts of Taiwan has been low over the past few months.

In the reservoir catchment area in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, only 0.4 millimeters of rain was recorded Sunday, according to WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰).

He said there was a possibility of successful cloud seeding in the area as the weather turned warmer and moist but water rationing was still looming unless the anticipated wet weather Feb. 21-24 brought enough rain.

The water supply in New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts, Taoyuan, Hsinchu County and Kaohsiung flashed a "green" light on Feb. 13, signaling a tight supply and the need for relocation of the supply resources.

Meanwhile, the water level had dropped to 56.41 percent capacity at Liyutan Reservoir in central Taiwan, 52.66 percent at Tsengwen Reservoir in the south of the country, and 52.17 percent at Nanhwa Reservoir also in the south, according to the WRA website.

Under the government's color-coded monitoring system for water supply, a blue light indicates a stable supply, while a green light signals a tight supply and the need for reallocation of water resources.

A yellow light indicates the need for first-stage water restrictions, which mean a reduction of tap water pressure during off-peak hours.

An orange light signals the need for second-stage restrictions, during which water fountains will be turned off, streets will not be washed, and water to high-volume users will be reduced to stabilize the supply to the wider public.

A red light indicates that third-stage restrictions have become necessary and the water supply will be cut at certain times of day or in certain areas.

(By Huang Ya-chuan and Elizabeth Hsu)