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Published on Feb 24, 2015
The Air Force recently deployed C-130 transport aircraft for nighttime cloud seeding operations, leading to some rainfall in Taoyuan, Miaoli and Hsinchu. Unfortunately, persistent drought conditions will lead to additional water restrictions from Feb. 26. The local boating industry is being affected by the drought. At Shimen Reservoir, water levels are at about a third total capacity. Some companies are using backhoes to excavate silt to move their piers into deeper water.Hsu Sheng-huangBoat OperatorOriginally our pier was here. But the water level has fallen so much that siltation in front made it difficult for us to move the pier.With severe water shortages affecting many areas, the military mobilized a transport plane from a base in Pingtung. It flew over Hsinchu and Miaoli at 15,000 feet where it released 8 tons of water into the clouds. There was hope that this would aid rainfall.To ease the drought, the Air Force began its cloud seeding operations at 11 pm on Sunday to take advantage of a passing front. Fortunately, the attempt was successful, leading to rainfall collected by each reservoir.Despite these actions, drought conditions continue to persist. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has decided to limit water to some high volume users from Feb. 26 and is urging everyone to save water.