Drought-stricken Taiwan to ration water use
Water, for many years much cheaper in Taiwan than other countries and long taken for granted, has suddenly become a precious commodity. Over the past century, average annual rainfall in Taiwan has been about 2,500mm, last year, it was 1,640mm. Shihmen Reservoir, which serves northern Taiwan has only 40 days of water left, the local water agency announced in mid-March.
Facing the worst drought in 10 years, the government will soon implement water rationing. From April 1st, restrictions will be imposed on the supply of water to industrial users, ordinary businesses and households in Taoyuan and New Taipei cities.
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