Kaoh­si­ung pre­par­ing for phase-3 ra­tioning

Un­prece­dented wa­ter ra­tioning to hit 2,439 fac­to­ries, 2.56 mil. peo­ple

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ENRU LIN

Third-phase wa­ter re­stric­tions will begin on May 4 in Greater Kaoh­si­ung and af­fect an es­ti­mated 2.56 mil­lion peo­ple, the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs (MOEA,

) said yes­ter­day. The MOEA’s task­force for drought emer­gency re­sponse has de­cided to im­ple­ment third-stage ra­tioning in Greater Kaoh­si­ung for the first time in the his­tory of the port city.

Start­ing May 4, the tap wa­ter sup­ply will be cut off two days a week in ar­eas of Greater Kaoh­si­ung on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis.

Ra­tioning is ex­pected to reach all house­hold users and 2,439 fac­to­ries, af­fect­ing an es­ti­mated 2.56 mil­lion peo­ple and sav­ing 170,500 cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter per day.

Yang Wei-fuu ( ), vice eco­nomics min­is­ter, said the task­force will strive to limit in­con­ve­nience and en­sure that ra­tioning avoids week­ends.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion will be “flex­i­ble” and can be suspended tem­po­rar­ily in the event of ad­e­quate rain­fall, Yang said.

Some Fac­to­ries to Stay in

Phase 2

Ac­cord­ing to the MOEA, third­phase ra­tioning in Kaoh­si­ung will af­fect fac­to­ries that draw from the de­plet­ing Gaop­ing River Dam ( ).

The task­force ruled that industrial con­sumers that use the Feng­shan Wa­ter Reser­voir (

), where the wa­ter is not at crit­i­cal level, will stay in phase two.

All of Greater Kaoh­si­ung and Tainan is cur­rently un­der phase- two ra­tioning; a wa­ter re­duc­tion at night and a 10-per­cent re­duc­tion to con­sumers who use over 1,000 cu­bic me­ters a month.

Af­ter May 4, the lesser re­stric­tion will con­tinue for fac­to­ries in the Lin­hai ( ), Linyuan ( ) and Dafa ( ) industrial parks.

Fac­to­ries that will en­ter phasethree ra­tioning are those drawing from the Gaop­ing River Dam, which sup­plies most res­i­den­tial users and is de­clin­ing rapidly.

Th­ese in­clude fac­to­ries in Yun­gan ( ), Dashe ( ), Renwu ( ) and Nanzih ( ), ac­cord­ing to the Wa­ter Re­sources Agency.

Tainan on Agenda

The MOEA placed parts of North­ern Tai­wan un­der phasethree wa­ter ra­tioning on April 8, amid the worst drought in decades.

Yang said that con­di­tions are un­likely to ease soon, with the Cen­tral Weather Bureau ( ) fore­cast­ing scanty rain­fall across South­ern Tai­wan in May.

If the drought per­sists, Greater Tainan may be next on the wa­ter ra­tioning sched­ule, Yang said.

On May 4, the MOEA’s drought re­sponse task­force will con­vene and de­lib­er­ate on whether to ex­pand phase-three ra­tioning.

The wa­ter level at Greater Tainan’s Nan­hua Reser­voir (

), lo­cated along the TainanKaoh­si­ung bor­der, is on a grad­ual decline, Yang said.

CNA

A woman in Greater Kaoh­si­ung stores wa­ter for use amid wa­ter re­stric­tions. Third-phase wa­ter ra­tioning — im­posed on the port city for the first time in its his­tory — will begin on May 4. The Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs ( ) said ra­tioning may ex­pand to Greater Tainan if the drought per­sists.

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