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New Linkou reservoirs to be completed in '15

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday said two new underground reservoirs in Linkou District, with a total capacity of 50,000 tons of water, will be completed in 2015 and hopefully solve the area's constant water shortage.

After months of little rainfall, first-stage rationing for water supplies, which involves providing water at a low-pressure from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., began in New Taipei's Linkou District on March. 15.

Chu said Linkou's water supply mainly comes from Shimen Reservoir (石門水庫), located in Taoyuan County. Chu said Linkou District, however, is located at the end of the water supply chain, thus whenever Taoyuan County encounters drought-like conditions, rationing of water policy will also be applied in Linkou.

Chu said Taiwan Water Corp. (Taiwater) will construct two underground reservoirs underneath Linkou Sports Park. The project will begin in early 2014, Chu added.

Without any water supply from the Shimen Reservoir, the two underground reservoirs will have the capacity to supply the Linkou for two days, Chu said.

In order to expand Taipei Feitsui Reservoir's (翡翠水庫) water supply capacity, Chu said New Taipei will push Taiwater to complete a pressurized water reactor in Banqiao District as soon as possible.

Chu said once the pressurized water reactor is completed, Feitsui Reservoir will supply Banqiao and Tucheng District (土城區), easing Shimen Reservoir's multi-area water supply requirements.

The WRA canceled rainmaking efforts for Shimen Reservoir and Mingde Reservoir yesterday as cloud density was insufficient for successful rainmaking.

The rainmaking operation remains on standby, the WRA said, Assuming appropriate weather conditions, the team plan to employ the system to increase water levels.

Central Taiwan Potential Water Shortage

The WRA today adjusted the water-shortage indicator for Central Taiwan from blue to green, indicating drought-like conditions.

After months of little rainfall, central Taiwan reservoirs' water levels are currently at 60 to 70 percent of their capacities, the WRA said.

The WRA said adjusting the water-shortage indicator was to prolong the stability of water supplies. According to forecasts from the Central Weather Bureau, central Taiwan will likely receive little rainfall until the end of April, the WRA said.

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