Phase-three wa­ter ra­tioning be­gins in re­gions in the north

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Stricter wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures of­fi­cially be­gan on Wed­nes­day in the north­ern Tai­wan ar­eas of Hs­inchu, Taoyuan and parts of New Taipei, with house­hold wa­ter sup­plies re­duced to five days a week on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis.

The wa­ter cuts first hit the Linkou ( ), Wugu ( ) and Tais­han ( ) dis­tricts of New Taipei, Hs­inchu’s Hukou ( ) and Xin­feng ( ) town­ships, and the whole of Taoyuan. Wa­ter sup­plies to house­holds in th­ese ar­eas will be stopped un­til mid­night on Thurs­day.

A pro­longed drought, the worst in Tai­wan in 60-plus years, has forced the worst-af­fected cities and coun­ties to en­force third­phase wa­ter ra­tioning.

Un­der the mea­sure, all of Taoyuan, ex­cept for cer­tain ar­eas of Guis­han Dis­trict, will be with­out do­mes­tic wa­ter sup­plies on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days.

The same ap­plies to Hukou and Xin­feng town­ships in Hs­inchu, and Linkou Dis­trict and cer­tain ar­eas of Wugu and Tais­han dis­tricts in New Taipei.

On Fri­days and Satur­days, house­hold wa­ter sup­plies will be suspended in parts of Shulin (

), Ban­ciao, Wugu, Xinzhuang ( ) and Tais­han dis­tricts of New Taipei, and in parts of Guis­han ( ) Dis­trict in Taoyuan.

On Mon­days and Tues­days, sup­plies will be suspended for the Sanxia ( ) and Yingge (

) dis­tricts, as well as parts of Shulin and Tucheng dis­tricts in New Taipei and parts of Bade and Guis­han dis­tricts in Taoyuan.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ments of New Taipei and Taoyuan have both set up pro­vi­sional wa­ter sup­ply sta­tions for res­i­dents to ob­tain wa­ter man­u­ally. De­tailed in­for­ma­tion of the times of the wa­ter cuts and lo­ca­tions of the wa­ter sup­ply sta­tions are avail­able on the gov­ern­ment’s of­fi­cial web­sites.

As of 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day, the wa­ter level of Shi­men ( ) Reser­voir, which sup­plies most of north­ern Tai­wan, had dropped to 24.56 per­cent of ca­pac­ity.

Apart from the wa­ter cuts, the state-run petro­chem­i­cal re­finer, CPC Corp. ( ), Tai­wan, has suspended car wash ser­vices at all its gas sta­tions in the ar­eas where the third-phase wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sure is be­ing en­forced.

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