Taipei--First-stage water rationing measures imposed in northern Taiwan since March were lifted Friday because of the heavy rainfall seen in the region over the past two weeks, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced.
The precipitation has increased water reserves in reservoirs in northern and central Taiwan to between 60 and 90 percent of capacity, high enough to put an end to the water rationing in the north, MOEA officials said after a meeting Friday on the country's water supplies.
Water rationing had been in effect in the cities of Taoyuan and Hsinchu and in Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei in northern Taiwan, with tap water pressure reduced during off-peak hours between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day.
The news was not nearly as good for southern Taiwan, where several reservoirs have seen their water supplies fall as low as 30 percent of capacity.
The officials said hydrological conditions in the region still need to be closely monitored.
First-stage water rationing is currently in effect in the southern cities of Kaohsiung and Tainan and Chiayi County.
Those areas are desperately hoping to get a respite from seasonal rains in May and June. The Central Weather Bureau has predicted that rainfall during the two months will be slightly below normal.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel