Wa­ter ra­tioning more ef­fec­tive than an­tic­i­pated: wa­ter agency

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

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.

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