Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought

The China Post
Date: April 8, 2015
By: AFP

TAIPEI – Taiwan launched water rationing in some major cities on Wednesday as the island

The barren, exposed riverbed of the Kaoping River (高屏溪) is shown in this photo taken Tuesday, April 7. As the primary source of water for the Kaohsiung area, the Kaoping has been under severe strain by a drought, with its water levels sharply reduced. (CNA)

The barren, exposed riverbed of the Kaoping River (高屏溪) is shown in this photo taken Tuesday, April 7. As the primary source of water for the Kaohsiung area, the Kaoping has been under severe strain by a drought, with its water levels sharply reduced. (CNA)

battled its worst drought in over a decade, following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years.

The state water company cut supplies to around 800,000 households and businesses in Taoyuan city as well as parts of Hsinchu county and New Taipei City in northern Taiwan for two days a week for an indefinite period.

The government said that it was forced to impose the measure as the water supply situation was “urgent”.

It comes after the lowest rainfall across the island last autumn and winter since 1947.     [FULL  STORY]

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