Sanya to use artificial rain to ease water shortage and lingering heat wave
The Sanya Weather Bureau will consider the possibility of inducing artificial rain, helping ease the water shortage and the continued heat wave that has seared the city since May.
Since mid-May, the continuous high temperatures have caused severe power and water shortages across the city.
The Sanya Municipal Water Affairs Bureau has quenched the city’s thirst by increasing the supply of tap water to 431,000 cubic meters, 8% more than last year’s highest level.
The accumulated rainfall in Sanya is around 70 millimeters so far in the first 5 months, 92.7% down from the volume in the same period of past years.
The city’s power grid companies have had to periodically cut off power supply to some areas due to a sharp rise in demand and a shortage in electricity supplies during the recent high-temperature days.
The local meteorological center is planning to attempt to induce artificial rain to ease the drought and the heat wave.
The artificial rain will be mainly produced over large reservoirs in the city to increase reservoir storage capacities.