Bad news on the news. Due to lack of rain, there is a possibility of drought. People in Tayuan, better prepare.
[quote]The Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Water Resources Agency (WRA) is asking everyone to aid in conserving water to avoid a possible shortage in coming months, due to lower than average rainfall this year. According to Wu Yueh-hsi, WRA deputy director, the agency is keeping an eye particularly on Shihmen Reservoir, which is an important source of water for northern Taipei and Taoyuan areas
But even though Shihmen Reservoir’s current situation is not optimal, it is not yet “a major cause of worry,” Wu told The China Post yesterday. “Water supply through the end of June is absolutely no problem.”
All other major reservoirs in central and southern Taiwan are at normal water levels for this time of year, at roughly 70 percent capacity, he pointed out.
In the past, Taiwan has received rainfall amounts ranging from as low as 200 millimeters to as high as 1,000 millimeters during the plum rain season, he explained. “But we have never not had rainfall during the plum rain season, so it’s just a matter of how much rain we receive.”
“Still, we must take measures early and not wait to see if the situation worsens,” Wu stressed. “We are now doing our best to prepare for the worst case scenario.”
The worst recent water shortage in Taiwan happened between 2002 and the first half of 2004, when a serious drought affected the island, recounts Wu. “We didn’t only decrease our water supply to the agricultural sector, but some 60,000 hectares of agricultural land in Taoyuan, Shihmen, Hsinchu, Miaoli,and Jianan were fallowed in 2004 in order to supply enough water for industrial, residential, and other non-agricultural users.
Of course, now with the economy in the tank, water does not need to be redirected from civilian uses to indutries. See? There is always a silver lining.