Tsengwen Reservoir is the largest in the country and now it had dried up to less than 30 percent capacity.
Taking advantage of the weather, personnel from Tsengwen Reservoir quickly deployed artificial rain-enhancing flames, hoping to bring more water to the catchment area. However, the results were limited. A large area of soil that was originally in the water at Tsengwen Reservoir can already be seen. The water level is less than 207 meters. Upstream rainfall is relatively low recently, due to the dry season. Tsengwen Reservoir, the largest reservoir in the country, has seen its water storage rate fall below 30 percent.
Ho Ta-fu, Deputy Director, Southern Region Water Resources Office: “The amount of water has decreased at the Tsengwen and Wushanto Reservoir systems due to irrigating autumn-winter crops and the lack of rainfall.”
Tsengwen Reservoir has fully allocated its water for agriculture. As for the Nanhua Reservoir, which mainly supplies water for households, its water storage rate is less than 90 percent. The Southern Region Water Resources Office controls the daily water outflow. If the situation permits, it will divert water from another region. Currently, the water supply is stable until the end of February next year.
Ho Ta-fu, Deputy Director, Southern Region Water Resources Office: “We will utilize one of the remaining streams of the Kaoping River to enhance the entire Kaohsiung area to send water north to support Tainan. That will be 200,000 cubic meters per day. And we will control the daily water outflow of Nanhua Reservoir to below 500,000 cubic meters.”
Citizen: “You can reuse rice-washing water and floor-mopping water. A plastic bottle filled with water placed in the toilet can help reduce the amount of water used to flush the toilet.”
People have their own set of water-saving measures, but in fact, because it has entered the dry season, Tainan is the only county in the country that has a green light reminding people to properly conserve water resources.