The bit of rain that has passed through Taiwan the last couple days has brought at least some relief to the worst drought in more than 60 years.
According to the Water Resources Agency at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, cumulative rainfall at Shimen Reservoir totaled 4.7mm as of 2:00 this afternoon. The rainfall brought about a day’s worth of water to the reservoir. Combined with the rainfall at Baoshan Reservoir, the total has reached 11.81mm, or about two days’ worth of water.
There is more rain in the forecast for the weekend, but the water is supply is so depleted that it won’t make much of a dent in the drought. The Shimen Reservoir is still at less than 25% capacity.
Water rationing in New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Hsinchu went into effect on Wednesday.