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Water supplies sufficient through March: authority

TAIPEI -- Thanks to abundant rainfall since December 2013, Taiwan's reservoirs are full enough to meet domestic and industrial demand through the end of March, the Water Resources Agency said yesterday.

Water levels at the main reservoirs in northern and central Taiwan are near 100 percent, meaning water for irrigation will be ready in time for the first rice growing season, the agency estimated.

Southern Taiwan has received relatively little rainfall, however, leaving the Zengwen and Nanhua reservoirs at just 62.7-percent and 63-percent capacity, respectively.

While local water resource management needs to be strengthened in the Tainan area, the supplies there are sufficient for the time being.

Even so, the agency noted that agriculture uses up 71 percent of water supplies, and the Central Weather Bureau has forecast a relatively dry period between January and March.

It said it will strengthen conservation efforts both to prevent water shortages before the rainy season and to deal with possible droughts brought by climate change.

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