Phase-one water rationing to begin in Kaohsiung

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(CNA file photo)

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Taipei, March 19 (CNA) First-phase water rationing will begin Monday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Sunday.

Phase-one rationing measures, indicated as yellow on the government's color-coded monitoring system, involves lowering water pressure between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day.

Despite some rainfall over the past few weeks, the precipitation in the area has been limited, WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰) said, adding that the volume of water in the Gaoping River, which runs through the port city, has fallen from 19 to 17 cubic meters per second this week.

The late-night rationing will have little impact on the city's residents, as most apartments in Taiwan have water storage tanks on their roofs, and water consumption is typically low during this time period, Wang said.

The rationing will likely save 3 percent to 5 percent of water consumption each night, he explained.

Meanwhile, in northern Taiwan, the cities of Taoyuan, Hsinchu and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts have adopted phase-one water rationing since March 1.

Wang said that despite having received 80mm of rain since the beginning of March in the Shimen and Baoshan reservoirs, which supplies water to those areas, the amount has not been enough to provide relief.

Water rationing in those areas will likely continue in the short-term, he said.

The agency, which is under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, will hold a drought response meeting on March 22 to review the ongoing phase-one rationing measure for northern Taiwan and make further plans for following up on the situation.

(By Huang Ya-chuan and Ko Lin)
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