I think this is part of the problem. Everyone is just saying that the rainy season is coming so the problem will go away.[/quote]
May be you made a point, but I never heard anybody saying that for justifying anything. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that people do that. However, as others point out, we hear about water shortage perhaps every year (although here it-s way more rainy than in my country!).
Also the problem is not people saying “hey, we have the rainy season around the corner”, it’s most likely that people had always plenty of water and may be that’s about to change… in addition to overpopulation.[/quote]
You just said that you didn’t know how necessary the water cuts were since the rainy was just around the corner. The problem is not the reservoirs or the lack of rain. It’s that people aren’t aware that it can actually be a problem since it is a very rainy country (for 6 months). In addition to that by far the biggest users are agriculture and industry as finley mentions. One of the reasons they consume so much is that water is so cheap here. It’s the same problem with electricity. If you want to see conservation then raise the prices because as long as something is cheap people are going to use it like an unlimited resource.
Did anybody read the recent article that there might be rolling blackouts in the future because there isn’t enough power? Taiwan’s management of utilities sucks.[/quote]
It’s NOT very rainy in some parts ie South and Central west coast.
The problem is no new major reservoirs are going to be built and the current ones are all silting up faster than antcipated, a super typhoon can shorten the life of the reservoir by many years,. Basically there is a design flaw with the dams as they can’t remove the silt by washing it out.
Now typhoons are anticipated to dump more water (even if rainfall overall becomes less frequent). This is because the oceans are warming up, warmer oceans put more energy into typhoons.