Keelung city has suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply to last till June: com­pany

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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