MOEA monitoring potential water shortage amid low rainfall

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/08
By: Huang Ya-chuan and Elizabeth Hsu

From Water Resources Agency website

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) Lower than average rainfall in most of Taiwan in recent months has led to concerns at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of potential water shortages, leading to precautionary measures, including setting up an emergency response task force.

Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said Wednesday that the water supply situation in parts of 21 counties and cities around Taiwan is expected to worsen in the near future, due to lower rainfall than in the past.

The water supply in Taoyuan and Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei began flashing a “green” light on Feb. 3, suggesting supply is tight, Lee said, and he expected some other cities and counties to follow suit in the near future.

According to data from the Water Resources Agency under the MOEA, the water monitoring indicator flashed a “blue” light — indicating sufficient reserves — for all other parts of Taiwan proper as of Feb. 3.    [FULL  STORY]

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