Task force formed to handle effects of drop in water stocks

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Feb 27, 2013 - Page 3

A task force to tackle possible water shortages in Greater Kaohsiung has been formed, the Southern Region Water Resources Office said.

As the dry season approaches, water stocks in major reservoirs have been depleted as a result of decreased precipitation, said Lin Yuan-pong (林元鵬), deputy director of the office.

The team is tasked with ensuring household and industrial water supplies without damaging the water rights of farmers in southern Taiwan, Lin said.

Greater Kaohsiung could start suffering water shortages as early as next month, he said, urging all residents to conserve water.

The city’s daily water use is about 1.55 million tonnes, while the Gaoping River (高屏溪), its major source of water, is providing only 1 million tonnes per day.

Tainan plus Chiayi and Pingtung counties have sufficient water supplies until the end of April, the office said. Greater Tainan’s Zengwen and Wushantou Reservoirs contain 210 million tonnes of water, about 75 million tonnes less than the historical average for this time of year.

It said that the first phase of crop irrigation in the area, covering 18,000 hectares, has been completed using water from other local reservoirs. The second phase of irrigation will also be carried out as scheduled, the office said.