First-stage water rationing lifted for southern Taiwan
Jun 02, 2017MedicalComments Off on First-stage water rationing lifted for southern Taiwan
Taipei--The Water Resources Agency announced Friday that first-stage water rationing measures imposed in southern Taiwan since March have been lifted with immediate effect following heavy rainfall over the last few days.
The rain has helped ease the drought that has gripped Taiwan for the past few months, particularly in the southern parts of the island, the agency said.
Southern Taiwan's Tainan City, which previously needed first-stage water restrictions, has seen its water supply replenished to some extent, although it's still considered tight and in need for a reallocation of water resources.
Although water rationing measures have been lifted in Tainan, the agency said the situation in the city's Wushantou Reservoir still needs to be monitored, because its water supply was tight, with capacity measured at only 24 percent.
Water supply in Chiayi County and Kaohsiung City have meanwhile switched from requiring restrictions to being stable, the agency said.
Based on data posted on the WRA's official website on Friday, water reserves at Chiayi County's Renyitan Reservoir were at 52.74 percent of capacity, while the Nanhua Reservoir in Tainan stood at 73.28 percent.
Even though capacity at Mudan Reservoir in Pingtung County, also in the south, measured at 34.71 percent, the agency said that nearby rivers' weir flow rate -- an indication of how much water is in the basin of water created by the weir -- remains high.
As for central and northern Taiwan, as of press time, water reserves at major reservoirs there were at above 70 percent of capacity.
The Central Weather Bureau has forecast heavy rain in Miaoli, Taichung and Nantou areas in the next few days.