Water supply in Taiwan likely to stabilise nationwide by September end

Water supply in Taiwan likely to stabilise nationwide by September end
The Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan county, which supplies Taipei and regions in northern Taiwan, with its water levels depleted. Photo was taken on 4 May 2011. The reservoir supplies the capital and other regions in northern Taiwan.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Water Resources Agency (WRA) said yesterday that it expects water supplies across Taiwan to stabilize by the end of September.

Over the weekend, Typhoon Chan-hom filled the Shihmen Reservoir to 90-per cent capacity, WRA Chief Secretary Lai Chien-hsin said yesterday.

Lai said the WRA is set to adjust its water supply monitoring indicator in neighbouring regions from "green," which signals a tight supply, to "blue," indicating a stable supply.

Prior to the typhoon's arrival on June 8, the WRA under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) had already lifted water use restrictions island-wide, but had not adjusted the water supply monitoring lights from green to blue for all Taiwan areas.

The indicator light had stayed green - signaling a tight supply - for Taipei City, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts of New Taipei City, Linkou District and other parts of Greater Taoyuan.

Typhoon Chan-hom swept Taiwan last weekend with abundant rainfall. Shihmen Reservoir, which previously possessed an alarmingly low level of water, is now filled up to 90-per cent capacity - surpassing the water level of Feitsui Reservoir.

Typhoon Chan-hom has provided Taiwan with a copious supply of water. On June 9, Shihmen Reservoir was at 55.94-per cent capacity. As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the water level had reached 90.26-per cent capacity, or 242.71 meters, according to the WRA.

Between July 6 and 13, the Shihmen Reservoir accumulated total precipitation of 220 mm, and the reservoir's water volume rose from 117,180,000 cubic meters to 180,980,000 cubic meters.

The WRA said that if rain patterns in Taiwan follow the predictions of the Central Weather Bureau, water shortage concerns should be alleviated nationwide by the end of September.

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