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First-phase water rationing recommended in southern Taiwan

2018/05/23 16:32:04

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Taipei, May 23 (CNA) The Water Resources Agency (WRA) recommended on Wednesday that first-stage water rationing measures be introduced in Tainan and Penghu due to the lower than usual levels of precipitation in southern Taiwan.

The WRA made its recommendation to the Ministry of Economic Affairs during a meeting on water levels in Taiwan and the ministry is expected to make a decision over the next few days.

WRA Deputy Director Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰) later spoke to CNA about the situation.

According to Wang, precipitation in southern Taiwan in May has been relatively low and that is expected to continue into June. As a result, first-stage water rationing measures need to be imposed if the region is to have enough water for crop irrigation as well as two months of water supply for other industries.

The proposed measures will include reducing water pressure at night and suspending unnecessary use of water by administrative agencies and state-owned businesses. As such, they will have minimal impact on water use by private businesses, he noted.

Once irrigation work is completed at the end of May, the demand for water should be alleviated, Wang continued.

Meanwhile, WRA is assessing the need for temporary desalination plants in Penghu in order to meet the water needs of the outlying island county as it enters its peak-tourism period.

The WRA also recommended the lifting of rationing measures imposed in Miaoli now the two reservoirs in the area have reached 90 percent and more than 60 percent capacity, respectively, Wang said.

(By Liao Yu-yang and Kuan-lin Liu)