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Taiwan’s TSMC orders water from trucks amid shortage

Chipmaker receives surge in orders as parts of country hit by drought

TSMC has been ordering trucks to supply extra water 

TSMC has been ordering trucks to supply extra water  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tanker trucks arrived at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) factories across the country Tuesday (Feb. 23) to quench the chipmaker's thirst for water.

Semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan have been working at full capacity to fulfill orders, the Liberty Times reported. Amid reports of surging business and fear of drought in several parts of Taiwan, companies like TSMC have ordered the tanker trucks to beef up their water supply.

Each truck can bring 20 tons of water at a cost of NT$30,000 (US$1,000). As last year unusually saw no typhoon pass through the nation, several chip manufacturers foresaw the problem and started placing orders for the trucks, but these will only provide a partial solution to the electronics companies’ water needs, reports said.

The government has introduced restrictions on the usage of water by major users and in agriculture, but the continued absence of rain has compounded the problem, and TSMC has had to introduce water-saving measures of its own.