Water rationing begins Wednesday in New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu

Taipei--Phase-one water rationing was introduced in Taoyuan, Hsinchu and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts on Wednesday to combat a water shortage across the country, which was not significantly eased by recent rainfall, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said on Wednesday.

Under phase-one rationing, water pressure will be reduced from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the above areas, according to the WRA's Northern Region Water Resources Office, which urged the public to use less water.

Due to insufficient rainfall from the end of December to January, major reservoirs around the country are currently at less than 60 percent of capacity.

The WRA said that although the recent weather front did bring rain around Taiwan, though not in the south, the volume of rainfall was insufficient to alleviate the water shortage problem.

From Feb. 22 to Feb. 27, 68 millimeters of rain added 16.19 million tons of water to Shimen Reservoir, which supplies Taoyuan as well as Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei. That equals about six days of water supply.

Meanwhile, reservoirs in Hsinchu and Miaoli gained about five days of additional water supply. However, there was very little rainfall in southern Taiwan over that period, leaving many reservoirs in the area depleted, the WRA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel