Shihmen reservoir, Taipei county
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Tackling Taiwan's water shortages

About three million people will be without water in Taiwan as the government takes drastic action to ration supplies in response to the country's lowest rainfall for 67 years, reports the BBC's Cindy Sui.

Many reservoirs are less than half full, and April's forecast does not look like changing the situation, weather experts say.

The country's traditional rainy season in May and June may not deliver enough water to solve Taiwan's water shortage problem.

So the government is turning it attention to fixing leaking pipes and encouraging water conservation. But in a country where water costs just 30 cents per tonne - about one fifth the global average - saving water has never been a high priority.

Will the government be forced to raise prices?

  • 08 Apr 2015
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