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Semiconductor makers to buy water if they face shortage

Semiconductor makers to buy water if they face shortage

Taiwan's semiconductor makers said Sunday they will purchase water if their supply runs short after the Lunar New Year, when Taiwan's government will likely expand water rationing to counter a nationwide water shortage.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, said it will launch measures to conserve water, such as by reducing the water used in fire drills and to clean walls and water plants.

If the water shortage continues, TSMC, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Winbond Electronics Corp. said they will purchase water to ensure that their production is not disrupted.

The government has already implemented phase one water rationing in the Banqiao and Linkou districts of New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Miaoli County, Hsinchu County, Taichung City, northern Changhua County, Tainan City and Kaohsiung City.

Phase one water rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while phase two restricts supplies to consumers who usually use more than 1,000 cubic meters of water per month.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Saturday it will hold a meeting on Feb. 10 to finalize where and when phase two rationing will be implemented after the Lunar New Year holiday.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Christie Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-19 03:14 GMT+08:00