Tue, Aug 14, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Penghu water crisis eases as 200mm of rain falls on islands


Officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Water Resources Agency said they had decided to put on hold a plan that would ask the state-run Taiwan Water Corp to ship fresh water from southern Taiwan from this Thursday to relieve the Penghu shortage.

The officials said that although two recent tropical storms -- Pabuk and Wutip -- that swept across Taiwan brought very little rainfall to Penghu, the southwesterly air currents following the two storms gave local residents their much-needed rain.

Water levels in Penghu's three reservoirs have continued to rise steadily and according to a forecast by the Central Weather Bureau, the wet weather will continue for at least two more days, which should end Penghu's drought completely.

Penghu's demand for fresh water has increased in recent years as a result of booming tourism. The government is building two additional sea water desalination plants in Makung and Hsiyu, which will be completed by the end of this year

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