The Taiwan government has announced measures to restrict water consumption in the city of Kaohsiung, the second most populous city in the country, due to a lack of rainfall in the region.
The Emergency Operations Center has reported that the restrictions will begin on March 8th and the water alert for Kaohsiung will change from green to yellow, which implies cuts to the supply. Additionally, water pressure will be reduced between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the period of lowest demand.
The town of Chiayi has been placed on orange alert and Tainan has been placed on yellow alert. The authorities are monitoring the water supply and have taken measures to alleviate the shortage, such as drilling additional wells and improving the processing capacity of water treatment plants.
The Water Resources Agency has described the drought as "the worst in 30 years" and has urged the public to save water and prepare for its scarcity.