Reservoir upgrade to help stabilize tap water supply

DECADE-LONG ENDEAVOR:An official said a new backup tank would from November help maintain supply when Taoyuan’s Shihmen Reservoir is discharging sediments

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 09, 2017
By: Lee Jung-ping / Staff reporter

The decade-long improvement project of Taoyuan’s Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) is

The cello-shaped Jhongjhuang backup tank at Taoyuan’s Shihmen Reservoir is pictured in a bird’s-eye view in an undated photograph provided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Water Resources Agency. Photo: copy by Lee Jung-ping, Taipei Times

slated for completion in November and its Jhongjhuang (中庄) backup tank is expected to supply an additional 800,000 tonnes of water per day, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Yang Wei-fu (楊偉甫) said yesterday.

A facility vital to northern Taiwan, Shihmen Reservoir supplies water to about 2.79 million users in Taoyuan, and New Taipei City’s Banciao (板橋) and Sindian (新店) districts, Yang said.

However, one-third of the 53-year-old reservoir’s capacity is blocked by sediment as a result of silting, leaving a volume of about 200 million cubic meters, he said.

In 2006, the government initiated an upgrade, which will be concluded when the Jhongjhuang tank’s construction finishes by November, Yang said.

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