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Taiwan will strengthen the restrictions on the use of water by chip manufacturers due to drought

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From June 1, Taiwan introduces new restrictions related to the use of water by the largest producers of chips in Technoparks of the cities of Xinchu and Taichung due to drought on the island. The situation may change in the event that “significant rains” will be held on its territory.



The current drought is considered worst in Taiwan’s history. According to the local ministry of economy, without rain companies in the two largest technoparks of the country will have to reduce the consumption of water resources by 17%. According to the government, at a certain moment of the reservoir were filled with less than 5%. In attempts to obtain the necessary resource, about 160 wells and plants for the distillation of seawater were used.

The world’s largest contract manufacturer – Taiwanese TSMC, has plants both in Xinchu and Taichun. As the media reported in the company, the drought did not affect production, but it will continue to reduce water consumption and pay for delivery by tanks in cases where it is necessary. Another major manufacturer, United Microelectronics Corp, said that it applies all possible measures to save water and in the volume of production it will not affect anyone.

Last year, there was not a single typhoon on the island, the result of which was almost a complete lack of rains. This year, the weather continues to be arid. Technological companies have long been complaining about the lack of water resources, especially after they had to expand production due to the trade war between the United States and China.

Additionally, the drought aggravated the problems with the power supply, causing two large-scale turning off electricity on the island for only one week. According to the State Generating Company Taipower, due to lack of water, the hydroelectric power plants were ineffective.

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