Measures Formulated to Alleviate Keelung Drought 基隆水情吃緊 經長:多管齊下.協調水車應急

The rainfall over Keelung in July and August this year is only 10 to 20 percent of the level of previous years. The city is facing a severe water shortage. Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua traveled to Keelung on Aug. 17 to understand more about the situation and discuss countermeasures with Mayor Lin Yu-chang and Taiwan Water Corporation representatives.


A water supply improvement meeting was held on Aug. 17 in Keelung with Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua and Keelung City Mayor Lin Yu-chang in attendance. Residents of areas of the city at higher altitudes currently have no water to use, so the attendees discussed countermeasures to deal with the water shortage.

Wang Mei-hua, Economic Affairs Minister: “The military has provided water purification vehicles to supply this region. There is currently one vehicle that can provide 200 to 300 tons a day. Perhaps this can possibly be increased to around three vehicles. We'll assess the feasibility.”

The plan includes sending water trucks to affected regions and increasing water sources. Water pumps are being sent to deep ponds, which should increase the daily supply by 5,000 tons. The government will also use Anle Water Purification Plant to start delivering water again, which will increase the daily supply by 5,000 tons. Desalination plant equipment has been sent to Keelung, and it should increase the supply by 9,000 tons a day once it's up and running.

Keelung Resident: “There are about 10 to 20 days left. What can you do if there's no rain?”

The short-term measures are expected to meet the needs of residents. However, their concerns are not unjustified. Xinshan Reservoir is at less than 50 percent capacity. The Water Resources Agency has plans to create artificial rain, but that will ultimately depend on the weather.

Huang Hung-fu, Deputy Director-General, Water Resources Agency: “We forecasted one on about the 18th and another on the 23rd. We will create artificial rain, and we hope to increase the precipitation.”

Taiwan has not issued a single typhoon warning this year. The Central Weather Bureau said the main reasons are the continuation of the La Nina phenomenon and the strengthening of high-pressure systems in the northwest Pacific that are limiting the formation of tropical disturbances. Right now, afternoon thundershowers are the only source of hope.

 

 

 

17號晚間召開供水改善應變會議,經濟部長王美花、基隆市長林右昌等人,針對基隆部分地勢較高區域,民眾無水可用的問題,共同研商缺水對策。

經濟部長王美花表示:「國軍也提供相關的淨水車,來供應這個地方,這個一天大概有,目前有一台車有兩三百噸,大概這個部分可能會增加到3台車左右,會看這個妥適性。」

除了應急期間先加派水車,增加水源方面,也先調派抽水機到深潭,估計每天可增加五千噸進水量,並且重新啟用安樂淨水廠送水,每天增加供水五千噸,另外也調動海水淡化廠設備到基隆,完成後每天可增加九千噸水量。

基隆居民說:「剩下差不多十多天二十天而已,沒下雨你也沒辦法。」

短期的應急措施,大致上可補足基隆的需要,但居民擔心的也不是沒理由,目前新山水庫蓄水率,已經掉到五成以下,近日水利署將在當地進行人工增雨,不過,還是得看天候狀況而定。

經濟部水利署副署長黃宏莆指出:「我們預估大概18號會有一波,23號可能也有一波,這個部分我們都會來做人工增雨,這個最即時雨,希望能夠增加降雨。」

今年以來,台灣都還沒有颱風警報發布,氣象局分析,確實明顯偏晚,主要是反聖嬰現象持續,西北太平洋高壓勢力增強,使得熱帶擾動發展有限,目前只能靠午後雷陣雨挹注水情。

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