Drone images show drying reservoir in central Taiwan

Taipei-Drone camera footage published Wednesday by a university in central Taiwan showed an almost dry reservoir in Nantou County, one of the areas worst hit by the current drought in the country.

In the video, a vast area of gray dirt can be seen in Nantou's Wushe Reservoir, with green vegetation in some parts. The only part of the reservoir that had water is an area close to the dam, on Saturday and Sunday, when the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) footage was shot by Hungkuang University.

Chang Cheng-jung (???), head of the university's UAV training center that shot and published the images, said the water is drying up in the reservoir at an alarming rate.

According to data from the Water Resources Agency (WRA), the water level at Wushe Reservoir was at 15.1 percent capacity as of 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The reservoir, managed by the state-run Taiwan Power Co., supplies water mainly to a nearby hydroelectric power plant.

The water levels in many other reservoirs around the country have fallen below 20 percent capacity, as large parts of Taiwan remain in the grip of a drought caused by low rainfall in 2020, when, for the first time in 56 years, no typhoons made landfall on the island.

Meanwhile, the camera drones from Hungkuang University's training center also detected a problem of littering at the recreational Qingjing Farm in Nantou, which Chang said could pollute the water source of Wushe Reservoir.

The drone footage shows 17 huge "waterfalls of waste" in the scenic mountainous area, which is a popular tourist site in central Taiwan, he said.

Hungkuang University's UAV training center has been working with businesses and residents in the Qingjing area to tackle the problem of littering, Chang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel