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TSMC tackles Taiwan drought with plant to reuse water for chips

Water shortages are forcing semiconductor sector to take action

Leading contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has been using water trucks like these to help it weather a severe drought.   © AFP/Jiji

TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker, is building a plant capable of treating industrial water so it can be reused to make semiconductors -- part of efforts to tackle Taiwan's crippling water shortage.

TSMC said it would be the world's first such advanced industrial wastewater treatment center and could ultimately meet nearly half of its daily need for water for chip output.

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