Phase-three water rationing begins in regions in the north
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.