Rains slow depletion of Shimen Reservoir’s reserves: WRA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/24
By: Huang Ya-chuan and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) The rainfall in northern Taiwan in recent days has brought 5.3 million cubic meters of water to drought-affected Shimen Reservoir, helping stop the depletion of its reserves as of Friday afternoon, according to Water Resources Agency (WRA) data.

With the arrival of a moist cold front, a total of 24 millimeters of rain fell from Tuesday midnight to 3 p.m. Friday, allowing the reservoir to maintain reserves equal to 52.44 percent of its capacity for most of Friday afternoon, the WRA said.

Shimen Reservoir provides water to Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei along with Taoyuan and Hsinchu, and its dwindling reserves led the WRA to decide to impose first-stage water restrictions on those areas beginning March 1.

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