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The Taiwanese government is cleaning silt from the Tsengwen Reservoir while the water level is extremely low. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan’s Water Resources Agency) 
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Taiwan braces for drought in key chip hubs again

Water challenge comes as island pushes to maintain 'silicon shield' against China

LAULY LI, Nikkei Asia tech correspondent | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Taiwan, home to Asia's biggest semiconductor industry, is once again bracing for water shortages less than two years after overcoming its worst drought in a century.

Chipmaking is a thirsty business. Take Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker, for example. Its chip facilities in the Southern Taiwan Science Park alone consume 99,000 tonnes of water per day, according to the company's latest figures. And as chip production techniques become more advanced, their water needs grow. 

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