Cloud seeding set to commence March 24

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In light of recent water shortages, the Water Resources Agency (WRA, 水利署) yesterday announced that cloud seeding will commence on March 24 to artificially induce rainfall.

Cloud-seeding procedures were scheduled to take place yesterday but were canceled due to unsuitable meteorological conditions, according to the WRA. Forecasts indicate that a weather front will arrive on March 24, influencing Taiwan’s atmosphere and representing the ideal opportunity to commence cloud-seeding in the morning hours, said the WRA.

The WRA stated that its teams have been briefed to maintain readiness and commence cloud-seeding on March 24 at appropriate reservoir and dam locations if weather conditions allow.

Meanwhile, the warning level for water sources in the regions surrounding Kaohsiung has been elevated to “yellow,” with water restriction measures — a reduction of water-pressure during evening hours — currently in effect. In addition, the WRA said the Ministry of Economics plans to establish a drought response task force, which will hold its first meeting on March 27.

The WRA urges the public to conserve water as Taiwan’s reservoirs face pressure.