Shih­men can last un­til end of May: min­is­ter

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY JOHN LIU

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

Wa­ter Sup­ply

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.

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