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Water supply plaguing factories in greater Kaohsiung.

Taipei, Aug. 18, 2009 (CENS) -- XIn the wake of the blow of typhoon Morakot, water shortage is plaguing seven hundreds of factories in greater Kaohsiung area, forcing some to suspend their operations.

The water shortage problem is affecting 10 villages and townships in the northeastern part of greater Kaohsiung, sites for clusters of heavy-industry enterprises, mainly petrochemical and steel ones. The area houses a number of major industrial zones, including Renwu Industrial Zone, Dashe Industrial Zone, and Nanzi Export Processing Zone.

Water supply for the area is now available only every other day, forcing some heavy water-consuming factories to purchase water themselves and even some to suspend their operation.

The problem has been caused by the high sand contents of Kaoping Stream, which drains the area, and the damage of some pumps in the typhoon, greatly reducing water intake of Chengching Lake Reservoir, which supplies the area, from the stream. Water supply for the area now reaches only 1 million metric tons daily, for a shortfall of 250,000 metric tons.

State-run Taiwan Water Corp. promised to solve the problem in a few days, by channeling water of Nanhua Reservoir, which supplies neighboring Tinan County, to Kaohsiung during the emergent period.

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