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Water shortage may disrupt operation of Southern Taiwan Science Park.

Taipei, Aug. 13, 2009 (CENS) -- Water shortage could disrupt the operation of enterprises in Southern Taiwan Science Park, should water supply fail to resume normal level today (Aug. 13), reported Chen Chun-wei, director general of the park administration, yesterday (Aug. 12).

Chen pointed out that 90,000 metric tons of water reserve kept in the park's public water tower will be depleted today, after filling the gap of 30,000 metric tons daily in the supply by Taiwan Water Corporation, due to difficulty in processing original water with high sand content in the wake of typhoon Morakot.

As Southern Taiwan Science Park is a key bastion for FPD (flat panel display) and semiconductor production, the problem threatens to deal a major blow to Taiwan's hi-tech industry and the global electronic supply chain. Officials of related government units, including the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and National Science Council, convened yesterday (Aug. 12) to map out contingency measures.

An official of Water Resources Agency, under the MOEA, expressed optimism in solving the problem, noting that sand contents in original water have dropped considerably following stoppage of rainfall in the watershed for Nanhua Reservoir, which supplies to Tainan area, the site of the science park. He expected water supply for Tainan area, including the park, will begin to resume normal by noon today.

Over the past several days, Taiwan Water Company cut its water supply to the science park to 60,000 metric tons a day, leading to a shortfall of 30,000 metric tons for the park, which consumes 90,000 metric tons.

Most major IT firms in the park, however, have extra leeway in coping with the water problem, as most of them have their own water tanks with water reserve sufficient for three-day use. They include Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Cor., and United Microelectronics Corp.

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