Water shortage becomes new focus for gov’t

The China Post
Date: March 2, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao, The China Post and CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen Wednesday called sustainable water

Dry ground in the Sonoran Desert, Mexico. (Photo: Tomas Castelazo)

management the government’s “most important policy responsibility,” as water shortages brought on by low rainfall saw rationing introduced in the parts of Taiwan.

Tsai said there was a need to roll out and invest in technology-driven sustainable water resource management to overcome what had become a “yearly obstacle.”

Her comments came following a meeting of the party’s Central Standing Committee, where Minister for Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung presented a report on the nation’s water resources.

The report was presented on the same day as phase-one water rationing came into effect in parts of Taiwan.

Lee reported that due to the climate change, the chances of extreme wet and dry seasons would increase, resulting in a severe imbalance in the distribution of rainfall throughout the year.   [FULL  STORY]

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