Taiwan plans to build 3 new reservoirs to tackle water shortage

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/29/2020
By: Liang Pei-chi and Lee Hsin-Yin

Zengwen Reservoir at the end of July. File photo courtesy of Tainan City government

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) The government is mulling whether to build three reservoirs around Taiwan to address the problem of water shortages, which are expected to become more severe in the coming years, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Sunday.

The planned facilities are Shuangxi Reservoir in New Taipei, Tianhuahu Reservoir in Miaoli and Nanhua Second Reservoir in Tainan, said WRA Deputy Director-General Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰).

The new reservoirs are needed in case of more droughts in the future, Wang said, but stressed that currently, there is no timetable for construction to begin because that will involve further environmental impact assessment and communication with local people.

Upon completion, daily water supplies could be boosted by 126,000 tons, 260,000 tons and 170,000 tones, respectively, by the three reservoirs, Wang said.    [FULL  STORY]

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