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Taiwan drought at 'most critical' phase for chip sector

President Tsai calls for conservation in hard-hit semiconductor hub Taichung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. consumes nearly 200,000 tons of water a day. (Photo courtesy of TSMC)

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday called for more water conservation as the island's chipmaking industry faces the worst drought in nearly 60 years.

"Now is the most critical period for dealing with the drought," Tsai said on a visit to the hard-hit city of Taichung, a production hub for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker, as well as liquid crystal display manufacturers. The two industries consume large amounts of water.

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