Taiwanese authorities today announced tougher restrictions on water consumption in the southern city of Kaohsiung, the country’s second most populous, which is suffering from a prolonged drought due to lack of rainfall in the region.
Taiwanese authorities have announced tougher restrictions on water consumption in Kaohsiung, the country’s second most populous city, due to a prolonged drought caused by a lack of rainfall in the region. In response to the water shortage, the Taiwan Water Corporation has stated that water pressure in homes, which was already controlled at the beginning of the month, will be further reduced from March 30th.
RELEVANT SUSTAINABLE GOALS
Taiwan water restrictions
Taiwan’s Bureau of Water Resources has also described the drought as “the worst in 30 years,” with similar drought measures in place in the towns of Chiayi and Tainan in the southwest. To alleviate the shortage, the Emergency Operations Center has drilled 54 additional wells and improved the processing capacity of existing water purification plants. However, the agency has also asked the population to save water and prepare for its scarcity, with the rainy season still a long way off.
Additionally, the industrial sector will be limited to liquid volumes by 10% for companies consuming more than a thousand cubic meters monthly, while other businesses such as swimming pools, car washes, and saunas will experience reductions of between 10-20%. This move comes after the water alert for Kaohsiung was raised to orange, the third of four alert levels established, following the earlier change from green to yellow in March.
It’s essential to remember that water scarcity is a global issue, and we all need to take responsibility for our water consumption. Let’s all do our part to conserve water and ensure that we have enough for our daily needs and future generations.