Water supply to be reduced
The supply of water to heavy users will be reduced starting on about May 20 in a second-phase conservation effort to cope with an unseasonable dry spell, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-hsiang (施顏祥) said yesterday. The drought in Taiwan has worsened over the past days and artificial rain-making operations have begun, he said. “If the drought persists, the Ministry of Economic Affairs will convene a meeting in mid-May to impose water-rationing in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli and Changhua counties, and in Taichung and Hsinchu cities,” he said. In its first stage of water rationing, the government has been reducing the night-time water pressure to household in some areas. During the second phase, the supply of water to fountains and for non-urgent purposes, such as cleaning streets, will be stopped. In addition, the supply of water for swimming pools, car-washes, saunas and businesses that use 1,000 tonnes or more per month will be cut by 20 percent. The supply to industrial users will be reduced by 5 percent.
Glass-walled eatery opens
A newly built restaurant that rotates 360 degrees opened in Taoyuan on Tuesday, offering unrivaled views of the surrounding area. The restaurant, situated not far from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and called “Air Harbor,” provides panoramic views of the picturesque Chuwei (竹圍) port area. The glass-walled eatery, built at a cost of NT$20 million (US$700,000) and offering various set meals based around steak and seafood, can accommodate 200 people. Located at the top of the Chuwei Fishing Port building in Taoyuan County, it has been developed by the Taoyuan County Government as part of a Costal Recreation Zone program under the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project.