Date: 12 May 2015
TAIPEI – Taiwan lifted water rationing in some major cities on Tuesday after
recent heavy rains caused by powerful Typhoon Noul helped ease its worst drought in over a decade.
The state water company had cut supplies to households, schools and businesses in northern Taiwan, including Taoyuan and parts of New Taipei City, for two days a week since April 8 following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years.
On water rationing days, locals had been forced to rely on water stored in large tanks, and adopted water-saving measures such as recycling water for gardening.
The government said it was forced to impose the measure as the water supply situation was “urgent”, and the region’s main reservoir, Shihmen Dam, was drying up and leaving a muddy crater. [FULL STORY]