Taiwan needs to learn from Israel to tackle its water shortage

Want China Times
Editorial
Date:2015-03-28

Visitors check out a UV water purification device, during WATEC 2011–The 6th International

Visitors check out a UV water purification device, during WATEC 2011–The 6th International Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control, Nov. 16, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (File photo/Xinhua)

Visitors check out a UV water purification device, during WATEC 2011–The 6th International Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control, Nov. 16, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (File photo/Xinhua)

Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control, Nov. 16, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (File photo/Xinhua)

Taiwan should work to solve its water shortage problem immediately as it is facing its worst drought for 67 years.

Taiwan receives 2,515 millimeters of rainfall on average every year, about 2.5 times the global average.

However, only 26% of this rainfall is available to Taiwanese users, with the amount of water for each individual being just one-sixth of the global average. Taiwan ranked 18th on a list of the world’s driest areas in terms of the amount of water accessible to its per capita population.

Several factors contribute to the shortage of water in Taiwan.

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