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Water supply in New Taipei, Taoyuan slightly below normal: agency
Central News Agency
2013-02-19 08:23 PM
Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) The water supply in Taoyuan and certain areas of New Taipei has dropped slightly below normal due to lower than expected rainfall since the beginning of the year, the Water Resources Agency said Tuesday. The agency changed its drought warning for Taoyuan County and New Taipei's Linkou, Banqiao, and Xindian areas from a blue light, signaling normal water storage level, to green, which means the water situation is somewhat tight. Shihmen Dam, which supplies water to Taoyuan, Hsinchu and New Taipei, was at full capacity level in late November and December because of the heavy rainfall during those two months, according to the agency. But the rainfall in January this year dropped to 50 percent of the monthly average, and was only 10 percent of the average volume in February, the agency said. As of Feb. 18, the water at Shihmen Dam had dropped to 239.97 meters, or 79.9 percent of its storage capacity, it added. The agency said priority will be given to crop irrigation throughout the country as farmers are about to begin planting their first rice crop of the season. Water for public and industrial use will be rationed in an effort to maintain a stable supply at the dam, the agency said. Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration, which regulates the water supply to Taipei and Taoyuan County, said it will help out with the shortage in New Taipei's Banqiao and Xindian districts. There is an adequate supply for the Greater Taipei area until May, it added. A meeting of officials from the Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan Water Corp., Taipei Water Department, and Department of Irrigation and Engineering is scheduled be held Feb. 25 to discuss water issues. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Ann Chen)
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