Tsen­g­wen Reser­voir wa­ter lev­els rise af­ter heavy rains

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The rain brought by a weather front in south­ern Tai­wan on Tues­day should pro­vide a much needed boost to the wa­ter sup­ply at Tsen­g­wen Reser­voir, the Wa­ter Re­sources Agency’s South Re­gion Wa­ter Re­sources Of­fice re­ported Wed­nes­day.

The of­fice es­ti­mated that 1 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of rain­fall fell in the reser­voir’s catch­ment area on Tues­day and will make its way into the reser­voir, which was at only 18.28 per­cent of ca­pac­ity as of Mon­day at mid­night.

Reser­voir ca­pac­ity had im­proved to 18.39 per­cent as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at 3 p.m., but that was still a very low level amid Tai­wan’s worst drought in decades and may not be enough to stave heavy wa­ter ra­tioning in the area.

An­other im­por­tant reser­voir in the Tainan area — Nan­hua Res- er­voir — re­ceived 50,000 cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter.

The ad­di­tional wa­ter seen at the two reser­voirs was enough to sup­ply house­hold wa­ter use for two days, ac­cord­ing to the South Re­gion Wa­ter Re­sources Of­fice.

The rain­fall in the Tainan area, among the heav­i­est in the coun­try on Tai­wan, also re­plen­ished ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter on Tainan farms, re­duc­ing the need for 2.4 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion to be sup­plied from Tsen­g­wen Reser­voir, the of­fice said.

Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung in south­ern Tai­wan are cur­rently fac­ing sec­ond-phase wa­ter ra­tioning, and have had their wa­ter sup­ply cut by 10 per­cent from nor­mal lev­els since April 15.

In parts of north­ern Tai­wan, phase-three wa­ter ra­tioning has been in­tro­duced, cut­ting off wa­ter com­pletely to users for two days a week on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis.

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