Water levels continue falling in Southern Taiwan, and the Central Weather Bureau say substantive rainfall won’t come until May. Over in Chiayi County, Tsengwen Reservoir is at just 22.6% capacity, which means it has just about enough water to last 60 days. In Kaohsiung, water rationing will start on March 8, by lowering the pressure of the water supply between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Chiayi and Tainan have already launched similar measures. And Tainan took matters a bit further on Wednesday. Industrial users that go through 1,000 tons of water will receive 10% less water. Non-industrial users that consume just as much, like swimming pools and carwashes, will get 20% less. Economics minister Wang Mei-hua says response measures have already been launched in the south, such as installing wells and diverting underground water from Pingtung to Kaohsiung.