Taipei--Following rainfall across most of Taiwan last night, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said on Wednesday that the drought in central and southern areas had eased slightly and second-phase water rationing may no longer be necessary before the end of the month.
WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (???) said thanks to the rainfall, the water flow of the Kaoping River in southern Taiwan, a key source of water for Tainan and Kaohsiung, increased from 14.3 cubic meters per second (cms) on Tuesday to 16.5 cms.
"Although the hydrological situation in the south is more optimistic, it has not yet improved to a point at which we can relax," said Wang, though he did note the water supply in northern Taiwan is relatively stable.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs, which supervises the WRA, will hold its third drought strategy meeting of the year on April 28 as planned, he said.
Currently ongoing efforts are being made to avoid the introduction of second-stage water rationing before the end of the month and third-stage water rationing before the end of May, the official said.
First-stage water rationing has already been implemented in the cities of Taoyuan and Hsinchu, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei in the north, as well as Kaohsiung, Chiayi and Tainan in the south.
Under first-phase water rationing, water pressure in designated areas is lowered between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m, saving an estimated 3 to 5 percent of water consumption per night.
If second-stage restrictions are carried out, water fountains in affected areas will be turned off, streets will not be cleaned and supply to high-volume water users will be reduced to guarantee supply to the wider public. Under third-stage restrictions, supply will be cut at certain times of day or in certain areas.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel