Taiwan Rations Water, Drills Extra Wells Amid Record Drought – Taiwan

Some households in Taiwan are going without running water two days a week after a months-long drought dried up the island’s reservoirs and a popular tourist lake.

Authorities are drilling extra wells and using military planes to dump cloud-seeding chemicals in hopes of triggering rain. The government has allocated money to extract drinkable water from the sea.

Farmers who need to flood paddies to raise rice, lotus root and other thirsty crops have been hit hard.


Island of Taiwan in grasp of major drought – Taiwan

A lack of rain over the past year has sent the island of Taiwan into its worst drought in more than half a century, the BBC reports, with many of its reservoirs at less than 20 percent capacity, with water levels at some falling below 10 percent.

Normally one of the wettest places in the world with a tropical to subtropical climate, no typhoon or monsoon hit the island last year and there has been little rain.

The lack of water is hurting a key industry – semiconductors, computer chips – made by Taiwanese companies. Around 90% of the most advanced microchips are manufactured in Taiwan, key to objects ranging from ventilators to smartphones and valued at US$100 billion.


Kinmen County completes desalination plant expansion – Kinmen – China

Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen County celebrated on Monday the completion of an expansion of a local desalination plant that should help increase freshwater supplies and ease the threat of water shortages in the island county.

Speaking at the celebration ceremony, Kinmen County government secretary-general Lin Te-kung (林德恭) said the expanded plant will contribute significantly to supplying the county’s water needs.

According to the Water Resources Agency (WRA), the facility is expected to supply 4,000 cubic meters of freshwater per day, up from its daily production of 500 cubic meters before the project began.


Penghu’s 5th desalination plant to operate by the end of the year.-Taiwan

Taiwan Water Corp. confirmed Tuesday that it expects the fifth desalination plant in Penghu County to be completed by the end of the year, though a government official suggested there was still a hurdle to overcome.

The construction of the desalination plant, initially planned to be completed in May 2018, was later scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018, and that target remains in place, the company said in a statement.

But Public Construction Commission chief Wu Tse-cheng (吳澤成), who was in Penghu on Tuesday to check on the project’s progress, urged Taiwan Water to overcome horizontal directional drilling challenges to complete the plant on time.