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Water supply to industrial users cut further in southern Taiwan

Water supply to industrial users cut further in southern Taiwan

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Industrial water users in Tainan and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan will soon be subject to bigger cuts in their water supply as the country continues to grapple with its worst drought in decades. Water supplies to "big users" will be reduced by 10 percent beginning on April 15, up from the 7.5 percent reduction already in place, the Drought Central Emergency Operation Center announced Friday. The center estimated that 1,012 industrial water users will be affected by the measure, mostly manufacturers in the electronics, basic metals, petrochemical, textile and paper-and-pulp sectors. First- and second-phase water rationing measures have been imposed in Tainan and Kaohsiung in recent months amid the prolonged drought, while harsher third-phase water rationing was put in place for the first time since the drought began in parts of northern Taiwan on Wednesday. Under third-phase water rationing, water supplies are cut off to entire areas for two days a week on a rotating basis. First- and second-phase rationing involves reducing water pressure at night and restricting water supply to consumers who usually use more than 1,000 cubic meters per month. Facing an additional cut to its water supply, Kaohsiung-based steel maker China Steel said the upcoming cut was not expected to affect its operations thanks to wastewater recycling facilities in its plants. State-run petroleum refiner, CPC Corp. Taiwan, whose oil refining operations are concentrated in Kaohsiung, has also said the new measure would not have a big impact on its operations. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 05:38 GMT+08:00