Taiwan to Ration Water for 1 Million Households

According to Economy Minister of Taiwan, Wang Mei-hua, Taiwan will ration water from April, 2021 for more than one million households residing in centre of the island.

Key Points

Taiwan is a sub-tropical country and is experiencing its worst drought in half a century because the rain-soaking typhoons failed to make landfall in the country in 2020. Shortage of water is most severe across the swathe of western Taiwan, where most of the people live. Thus, from April, water supplies in parts of Taichung and Miaoli would be cut for two days in a week and government will sent out water tankers to supply residents when required. Government also adds that; Hsinchu province, which is home to companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), will not be affected by this drought. Reservoirs of Hsinchu are low but supplies are being topped up by carrying water from Taipei city and by desalination.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC)

TSMC is a multinational semiconductor contract manufacturing and design company. It is the largest companies in Taiwan and most valuable semiconductor company across the world. It is also the largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry in the world. TSMC is headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It is majorly owned by foreign investors.

Hsinchu City

Hsinchu is 7th largest city in Taiwan by population. It is a windy coastal city which borders Taiwan Strait in west, Hsinchu County in north & east and Miaoli County in south. This city was founded by Han settlers in 1711. In the year 1878, it was renamed to Hsinchu.

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