Taipei, The management of the reservoir that supplies the Greater Taipei area with most of its water has given assurances that there will be enough water to last until at least the end of January 2021 after more than a week of rain boosted water levels.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, the water level at Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei had risen to 64.8 percent of its capacity, from 48 percent on Oct. 6, the lowest at the same point in time in 17 years, the Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration said in a statement Monday.
Northeasterly winds have brought rainfall to the reservoir and catchment area since Oct. 8, and the administration carried out cloud seeding on Oct. 16 to further boost precipitation in the area, the statement said.
While the rain in recent days has eased fears of water shortages in northern Taiwan, however, the water supply in parts of central and southern Taiwan remains low, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).
The unusually low water levels are the result of Taiwan not experiencing a typhoon during this year’s typhoon season, which typically runs from May to October, for the first time since 1964.
That has led to the imposition of water restrictions as early as October for the first time ever in Taoyuan, Hsinchu City and County, Miaoli County and Taichung, the WRA said.
In addition, the supply of piped water for the irrigation of rice fields in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli in northern Taiwan has been suspended due to low water levels in the reservoirs that feed those areas, according to the WRA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel