Mar 28, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Water rationing to proceed in Tainan, Chiayi as planned
Taipei--With water reserves at major reservoirs in southern Taiwan continuing to decrease, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Tuesday that first-phase water rationing will be launched in Tainan and Chiayi County as planned on April 5.
Water reserves at Tsengwen Reservoir in Chiayi had dropped to 30 percent of capacity by 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to WRA data, while reserves at Nanhwa Reservoir in Tainan were down to 37 percent.
Although there were 10 million more cubic meters of water at Tsengwen Reservoir on Tuesday than the average reserves on the same day over the past five years, "the 10 million tons of water cannot hold up much longer," said WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (???).
Because of that dire outlook, the planned water rationing measure will be carried out in Chiayi and Tainan as scheduled, Wang confirmed.
Under phase-one rationing, water pressure will be reduced between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day, according to the WRA, which is under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
First-stage water rationing has already been carried out in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, and the cities of Taoyuan and Hsinchu and Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei in the north because of limited rainfall.
Phase-one rationing is indicated by a yellow light on the government's color-coded monitoring system, under which a blue light indicates a stable supply, while a green light signals a tight supply and the need for reallocation of water resources.
An orange light signals the need for second-stage restrictions, during which water fountains will be turned off, streets will not be washed, and water to high-volume users will be reduced to stabilize the supply to the wider public.
A red light indicates that third-stage restrictions have become necessary, meaning that the water supply will be cut at certain times of day or in certain areas.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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