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Taiwan government reassures over water for chip sector

Ministry says operations at key science parks will not be affected

Taiwan's vital chip industry uses vast amounts of water every day despite strenuous efforts by companies to reduce their usage. (File photo by AFP/Jiji) 

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's government has assured the public and tech industry that the island's water shortage issue is under control and will not affect the operation of key science parks -- the heart of Taiwan's chip manufacturing sector.

The government's reassurance came after Nikkei Asia on Thursday published a story describing the water shortage on the island amid the global semiconductor chip supply crunch. Taiwan's government on the same day further tightened water use in several cities that are home to a cluster of important manufacturers. Plants in Taoyuan, Taichung, Hsinchu and Miaoli will have to cut consumption by up to 11%, on top of a 7% cut requested last month.

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