Date: 10/19/2020 09:11 PM
By: Liu Chiang-pang and Evelyn Kao
As of 4 p.m. Monday, the water level at Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei had risen to 64.8 percent of its capacity, from 48 percent on Oct. 6, the lowest at the same point in time in 17 years, the Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration said in a statement Monday.
Northeasterly winds have brought rainfall to the reservoir and catchment area since Oct. 8, and the administration carried out cloud seeding on Oct. 16 to further boost precipitation in the area, the statement said.
While the rain in recent days has eased fears of water shortages in northern Taiwan, however, the water supply in parts of central and southern Taiwan remains low, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).
The unusually low water levels are the result of Taiwan not experiencing a typhoon during this year's typhoon season, which typically runs from May to October, for the first time since 1964.