U.S. Water News Online
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hit by the worst drought in many years,
Taiwan has enforced water rationing in parts of the island, officials
Irrigation has been suspended in rice paddies in the worst
drought-stricken areas since last month, and authorities have
expanded the scope of water rationing to swimming pools and car
washes, officials said.
Since January, Taipei received just 11 inches of rainfall, about
46 percent of the average of the past 30 years, while rainfall in
southern Kaohsiung only totaled 1.7 inches or 27 percent of the
30-year average, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Weather forecaster Lin Ting-yi urged Taiwanese to conserve water,
noting there are no signs of approaching rain in the next few days.
Water at Shihmen Reservoir, the largest reservoir in northern
Taiwan, has dropped to the alarming level of 660 feet, and the water
supply can only last three weeks without fresh rainfall, said a
Efforts to create rainfall have had only limited results, and
authorities were compelled to ask more rice and other farmers to give
up tilling their fields, he said.
Parts of Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan's largest lake, have dried up and
dead fish were found on the cracked bottom of the lake, officials
said. The lake in central Taiwan is a main source for power
generation, irrigation and drinking water.
But spared from the drought is the Hsinchu Science-based
Industrial Park, a cluster of high-tech firms, in northern Taiwan.
The Paoshan Reservoir provides 13 tons of water to the industrial
park a day and has no immediate danger of water shortage because its
mountain areas received heavy rains the past few days, reservoir
director Lu Chuan-yung said.
The capital Taipei, which has little industry or agriculture, has
not enforced water rationing but water supplies have been cut at
night, said Mayor Ma Ying-jeou.
Return to the
U.S. Water News Archives page
Return to the U.S. Water
Use a comma to separate e-mail addresses:
Hi, I thought you might like to read this article.