Government prepares for worst-case drought scenario

There’s still no end in sight for Taiwan’s most severe drought in 56 years. Water levels at 10 reservoirs are down to just 10% capacity. Hsinchu’s Second Baoshan Reservoir is now at 8.8%. If the situation worsens, rationing will tighten drastically. In regions placed under a red alert, water supplies will be cut off entirely two days every week, on a rotating basis. Economics minister Wang Mei-hua said Tuesday that the government is preparing for the worst-case scenario.

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Premier Su Tseng-chang says rotating water cuts would have been instituted long ago, if his team had not taken early action against the drought. The premier urged the public to conserve water to weather the crisis.

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