The downpour may have brought floods, but it has also eradicated fears of a water shortage that rose during the region's worst drought in 55 years. The Water Supplies Department, which at one point was saying water might have to be rationed, said yesterday Hong Kong might take less water from the mainland than planned. By 9am yesterday, with torrential rain still falling, 11 of the city's 17 reservoirs were overflowing while the rest were in a range of 71 per cent to 96 per cent full. The reservoirs not full at that stage were Shek Pik, Tai Lam Chung, Lower Shing Mun, Kowloon, Plover Cove and High Island. The total storage was at 497 million cubic metres or 84.9 per cent full, compared with 71.8 per cent at the same time last year. A spokesman for the department said they might consider taking less water from the Dongjiang, or East River, if there was no more space to store the imported water. 'We might just take the amount of our daily consumption if there is no more capacity,' he said. Hong Kong now buys from Guangdong water at $3.085 per cubic metre.