Water rationing more effective than anticipated: water agency
The water savings from phasethree rationing in northern Taiwan are exceeding expectations, reported the Economics Ministry’s Water Resources Agency ( ) yesterday.
Phase-three rationing began on April 8 in the parts of northern Taipei that draw from the Shihmen Reservoir ( ), where water levels have fallen to a record low amid persistent drought.
Phase three, which is in effect until further notice, suspends water delivery for two days per week in Greater Taoyuan ( ), Hsinchu ( ) and parts of New Taipei City ( ) on a rotational basis.
As of Tuesday, April 14, the average water saved per day has amounted to 212,000 tons — greater than the 116,000 tons per day predicted, reported the Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, ) yesterday. The agency compared the past week’s outflow from Shihmen Reservoir with average weekly outflow in phases one and two.
The Shihmen Reservoir supplies 1,164,000 households in Greater Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Banqiao, Xinzhuang and Linkou districts of New Taipei.
Water savings per day vary depending on the number of households in the restriction-hit zone.
Phase Three Still On
Taiwan turned off the taps last week to combat prolonged drought, which has developed into the worst in nearly 70 years.
Northern Taiwan saw some relief on April 10 and 11 in the form of sporadic showers, but the Water Resources Agency said yesterday that mandatory phasethree restrictions will continue.
Rainfall on April 10 and 11 amounted to 35.6 millimeters per square meter, or about 6.79 million tons at Shihmen Reservoir — enough to supply its service zones for five days, according to agency data.
Despite the replenished supply, water-use restrictions will hold as a precautionary measure against continued drought. The drought may not ease until the rainy season begins at the start of June, the agency said.
The MOEA expects Taiwan’s annual summer typhoons to stabilize reservoir levels nationwide.