Low rainfall hits reservoirs
The water supply from Shihmen Reservoir in northern Taiwan is expected to become tighter from next month as rainfall over the weekend fell short of expectations, the Water Resources Agency said on Monday. Less water will be supplied from the reservoir, which provides water to New Taipei City (新北市), Taoyuan County and parts of Hsinchu County, during off-peak hours starting early next month, the agency said. In addition, the water supply at Zengwen Reservoir is at a low level, which means residents in Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung in the south may also be affected, the agency said. Rainfall during September and last month this year was only 20 percent to 30 percent of the average for that time of year, the agency said. However, it assured the public that the nation’s water supply would not be in trouble in the near future.
Local chefs No. 3 in contest
A Taiwanese team finished third in the group competition at the seventh World Championship of Chinese Cuisine, known as the Olympics of Chinese cuisine. The four-member team from Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology finished third among 53 teams participating in the championship, held from Friday to Sunday in Singapore. Huang Ching-lung (黃景龍) of the award-winning group said the team’s dishes were inspired by Taipei. They used eels, loofahs, pork, mushrooms, pineapple cakes, black rice and Chinese wolfberries — all Taiwanese ingredients — to create a variety of dishes. Apart from the group award, Huang won an individual prize for the best starter and his teammate, Lee Lung-chu (李龍柱), grabbed a prize for the best pastry. Eleven Taiwanese teams attended the event, winning 50 of the 385 prizes.