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Taiwan faces water shortages as some reservoir levels fall

Reporter Jamie Lin Pinzon
Release time:2024/04/25 18:31
Last update time:2024/04/25 18:31
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Each year, the intersection of spring and summer marks a potential water shortage in Taiwan. As of Wednesday (April 24),  at least four reservoirs in Taiwan are below 25% capacity, with the lowest at only 16.7%, according to the Water Resources Agency.

The expanding semiconductor industry on the island is increasing demand for water, causing concern over the competition for resources among high-tech sectors, agriculture, and daily living.

 

Taiwan, a subtropical and tropical island, receives significant rainfall, averaging 2,500 millimeters annually, which is 2.6 times the global average. However, the terrain's high mountains and short rivers complicate water storage.

Additionally, Taiwan's rainy season spans two periods: the plum rain and typhoon seasons, typically from May to June and July to October, respectively.

Data from the past 60 years, analyzed by the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction of Taiwan (NCDR), shows a widening gap between Taiwan's wet and dry seasons.
 

Moreover, the decreasing frequency of typhoons hitting Taiwan has significantly reduced rainfall levels.

Local governments in areas at risk of water shortages are urging citizens to conserve water and limit usage.

In Taoyuan City, the mayor has directed the Department of Economic Development to initiate drought relief planning and has advised farmers and residents to prepare for potential shortfalls if the plum rains do not replenish reservoirs.

If Taiwan fails to address this water scarcity, its people, agricultural sector, and vital semiconductor industry could face significant impacts in the coming years.

The Taiwan Briefing

#Taiwan#water shortage#semiconductor industry#reservoirs#drought relief#Taoyuan City#plum rain#typhoon season#water conservation#NCDR

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