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Ministry calls off water rationing in Kaohsiung

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday said that it would immediately end water-rationing measures in Kaohsiung, as recent heavy rain has countered water shortages in several regions.

The ministry also eased water restrictions in Tainan from phase-two to phase-one rationing, thanks to heavy rains of the past few days, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Yang Wei-fu (楊偉甫) told reporters on the sidelines of the Legislative Yuan’s Economics Committee meeting.

“The rain brought a significant amount of water into the catchment areas in western Taiwan from last Friday to Sunday, giving a boost to reservoirs’ water storage,” Yang said.

Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan County, Liyutan Reservoir (鯉魚潭水庫) in Miaoli County, Tehchi Reservoir (德基水庫) in Taichung and Renyitan Reservoir (仁義潭水庫) collected more than 10 million cubic meters of water between Friday and 4pm yesterday, the Water Resources Agency said.

Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫) in Chiayi County collected 145 million cubic meters of water, while the reserves of Tainan’s Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫) increased by 45 million cubic meters during the same period, the water agency said.

The Gaoping River (高屏溪), the main water source for Kaohsiung, recorded 454.1mm of rain, and runoff from the river increased to 2,834m3 per second, it said.

Water Resources Agency Secretary-General Lai Chien-hsin (賴建信) said that the river’s turbidity rose sharply due to the heavy rain, affecting water quality.

Lai said the ministry would still decrease water pressure overnight to about 15,000 households in Kaohsiung while turbidity remains high.

The Nanhua Reservoir would provide backup water until the river is clean enough for household use, he added.

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