Following the severe drought last year, recent rainfall has brought the Shihmen Reservoir to near capacity, UDN reported. The reservoir has received 175 mm of rainfall month-to-date, and has reached 244.6 meters, just shy of its 245-meter capacity.
Officials have opened the discharge gates for permanent water flow into the river, which will power hydroelectric plants for Taiwan. The Shihmen Reservoir will discharge 34 tons of water per second to regulate the reserve level.
The high water level will help the Yixing Hydroelectric Power Station in Taoyuan generate 1.08 million kWh of electricity per day.
The weather forecast for Taipei is for more rain over the next five days with some relief tomorrow and Sunday.