Four reservoirs in Taiwan are badly silted, says WRA
August 25, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Four out of the 94 reservoirs around Taiwan are badly silted, according to the Water Resources Agency.
The four facilities — Shimen, Zengwen, Wushantou and Nanhua reservoirs — are among 26 key reservoirs supplying water to households and industry, with a total water storage capacity accounting for 96.1 percent of the total of all reservoirs around Taiwan, the agency said on its website Aug. 21.
The silting rate of Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan County has reached 30 percent, while that of Zengwen is at 36 percent, Wushantou is at 37 percent and Nanhua is at 48 percent, the agency added.
Zengwen, Wushantou and Nanhua reservoirs are all located in southern Taiwan.
Measures have been taken to remove the silt, promote soil conservation in the upstream water catchment areas and improve the facilities' anti-silting capabilities in the hope that these important reservoirs can continue to function, the agency said.