Taipei--Seventeen millimeters of rain added 2.5 million tons of water to the Shimen Reservoir in northern Taiwan Wednesday, equivalent to one day's water supply, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said that day.
A day earlier, the WRA had decided to implement first-stage water restrictions in Hsinchu, Taoyuan and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts with effect from March 1.
Most of the affected areas are served by the reservoir, which was at 53 percent of its capacity following the latest rain, according to the WRA.
The first-stage water restrictions mean reduced water pressure in those areas during off-peak hours, the WRA said.
The agency carried out cloud seeding in the Shimen and Pao'er reservoir areas Wednesday during a cold front that is forecast to blanket Taiwan until Feb. 24.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 23 mm of rain had been recorded for the Pao'er and Paosan areas of Hsinchu County, creating a new water level of about 1.2 million tons for the reservoirs, said Wang Yi-feng (???), deputy director-general of the WRA.
By 5 p.m. that day, the water level of the Pao'er Reservoir stood at 49 percent of capacity.
In Miaoli's Liyutan Reservoir, the water level was 55 percent of capacity and Tsengwen Reservoir in Tainan was at 52 percent of capacity.
In a Facebook post, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) urged the public to save as much water as they can, since there has been little rain in most of Taiwan and the forecast for the coming quarter does not bode well.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel