By: Wang Shwu-fen and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Water supplies to industrial users in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan were cut by 10 percent from Wednesday, up from the 7.5 percent reduction already in place, as the country continues to grapple with its worst drought in decades, according to Taiwan Water Corp. (TWC 台灣自來水公司).
The water company takes 890,000 tons of water per day from the Kaoping River and another 300,000 tons from groundwater and underflow water for household use, while relying on the Donggang River for water supplies for industrial use, said Hung Wen-cheng, deputy chief of the TWC’s seventh branch.
Kaohsiung-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), Taiwan’s largest steelmaker by capacity, said that the new measure will not affect its operations because the company can draw 142,000 tons of water per day from the water company, but has reduced its daily consumption to 125,000 tons by implementing water conservation measures. [FULL STORY]