Taiwan to introduce water restrictions in certain areas next week

10/07/2020 05:48 PM
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Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan. Photo courtesy of the Northern Region Water Resources Office Sept. 26, 2020
Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan. Photo courtesy of the Northern Region Water Resources Office Sept. 26, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Water pressure will be lowered at night in some parts of Taiwan from Oct. 14, the first time the policy has been enacted as early as October, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) announced Wednesday.

The measure will be enforced from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Taoyuan, Hsinchu City and County, Miaoli County and Taichung, the WRA said.

In announcing the policy, WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰) said this is the first time since 1964 Taiwan has not been hit by a typhoon during flood season, which is defined as May to November.

This has resulted in scarce precipitation, with several reservoirs in western Taiwan recording 20-60 percent less rainfall than 2019, Wang said.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, two of the major reservoirs in Taiwan, Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan and Zengwen Reservoir in Chiayi County, were at 44.65 percent and 34.58 percent capacity, respectively.

Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei, the second largest reservoir in Taiwan, recorded its lowest water level in 17 years on Tuesday, with capacity at 48 percent, according to WRA data.

An irrigation canal in Taitung County, which began farm water rationing in the beginning of October. CNA photo Oct. 7, 2020
An irrigation canal in Taitung County, which began farm water rationing in the beginning of October. CNA photo Oct. 7, 2020

To ensure there is enough water to last through the dry season, the WRA has decided to enact water restriction measures early, Wang said, adding that the policy will have little effect on ordinary residents.

(By Yang Shu-ching and Chiang Yi-ching)

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