Shihmen can last until end of May: minister
The water held in the Shihmen Reservoir ( ) is estimated to last until the end of May, said Economics Minister John Deng ( ) at the Legislature yesterday.
Businesses supplied by the Shihmen Reservoir churn out NT$13.3 billion in output value annually, and the phase-three rationing is expected to reduce industrial output by over NT$1 billion, Deng said.
As residents stored up water before the rationing kicked in, water use grew by 300,000 cubic meters. Although the volume fell within the expected range, Deng cautioned against excessive water accumulation to prevent waste.
The Central Emergency Operation Center will hold a meeting today to review the nation’s latest water state. Whether phase-three water rationing will be carried out in Kaohsiung and Tainan ahead of schedule is expected to be a focal point.
To address concerns that water cut exacted on industrial users may be ramped up from 7.5 percent to 10 or even 15 percent, Deng said he hopes the rationing will not shoot up too quickly.
The government will take many factors into consideration, and affected businesses will have sufficient time to cope with the restriction, Deng asserted.
Reservoir Water Outflow
Reduced by Half
The phase-three water
ra- tioning dictates five days of regular supply followed by two days of water cuts in New Taipei City, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.
While some proposed three days of supply followed by one day of water cuts instead, Deng maintained the government’s measure offers a more efficient water supply and will be adopted in the future.
As of noon yesterday, the Shihmen Reservoir’s inflow was registered at 780,000 cu- bic meters of water, while the outflow was pegged at 600,000 cubic meters, based on statistics released by the Water Resources Agency (WRA) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The outflow was more than halved from the previous day’s level. The government attributed the drop to the phasethree rationing implemented on Wednesday.
Water outflow on Tuesday registered at 1.6 million cubic meters, 500,000 cubic meters more than the normal average, as some residents stored up water before two consecutive days of water cut.
Monsoon Brought One Day of
A monsoon brought some precipitation to the Shihmen Reservoir in the last couple of days. The reservoir’ watersheds received an average 5.3 millimeters of precipitation, which is estimated to bring in 1.01 million cubic meters of water, or about one day’s water supply, according to WRA data. The reservoir currently uses about 25 percent of its capacity.
The rainfall also added 120,000 cubic meters of water to the Sanxia River Reservoir ( ) and 210,000 cubic meters to the Baoshan Reservoir ( ) and the Second Baoshan Reservoir ( ). Other reservoirs on the island saw no substantial inflow.