Keelung city has sufficient water supply to last till June: company
It is not necessary for residents in Keelung, Northern Taiwan, to worry about its water supply between now and June as the levels of two major reservoirs which serve the city are close to reaching their maximum capacity, Taiwan Water Corp. (
) said Saturday. Tsao Cheng- shin ( ), a manager of the first administrative division of Taiwan Water, said that the water supply of Hsinshan Reservoir ( ) and Hsishih Reservoir ( ) remains normal due to their high water levels.
And by June, Taiwan’s rainy season will begin. The rainfall then and the typhoons that will follow during the summer months are expected to keep the water supply in reservoirs at a stable level.
Unlike other reservoirs in Taiwan that have suffered from severely low water levels, the two reservoirs that serve Keelung receive a fair amount of rain because the Keelung area tends to get more precipitation.
Also, in 1998, Hsinshan Reservoir completed a capacity expansion project which boosted its total storage to around 10 million cubic meters from the original 4 million cubic meters. The expansion was carried out because water demand in Keelung has been on the rise.
As a result, the reservoir, which was completed in 1980, is able to store more water when it rains. It now has 8 million cubic meters of water stored, close to its maximum storage capacity of 9.7 million cubic meters.
Besides supplying water to Keelung, the Hsinshan Reservoir also provides water to Xizhi, Ruifang, Jiufen, Wanli and Jinshan of New Taipei City, Tsao said.
As for Hsishih Reservoir, Tsao said that the 400,000 cubic meters of water currently stored there is close to its storage capacity of 436,800 cubic meters. The reservoir, built in 1926, has a total storage capacity of 560,000 cubic meters.
It’s not only households in Keelung that have no need to worry about its water supply, the industrial sector also should have a stable source of water as it’s supplied by two water treatment plants in Shinshan and another plant in Liudu, according to the water company.
Due to the persistent drought, the worst in decades, Taiwan has stepped up water rationing in parts of the northern areas. About 1.16 million households in Taoyuan City, Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei City, and Hukou and Xinfeng townships in Hsinchu County have been affected by rationing launched on April 8. The Water Resources Agency (
) said that rainfall this week has raised the water level at some reservoirs in Taiwan, with some expected to see their water supply rising by 2 to 7 days.
Shihmen Reservoir ( ), one of the thirstiest reservoirs in Taiwan, witnessed 14.3mm in rainfall adding to its catchment area as of 8 a.m. Saturday. The agency said that the reservoir is expected to see 2.72 million tons of water inflows.
But this is not expected to make a big difference in the reservoir’s water level, which is still at a low 24.5 percent of capacity.
The agency added that Mingte Reservoir ( ), Liyutang Reservoir ( ) both in Miaoli county, and Techi Reservoir (
) in Taichung city are expected to see 260,000 tons, 1.3 million tons and 300,000 tons of water inflows from the recent rain, respectively.