Tech park has ample water: AUO
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- in light of waning water levels at Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫), AUO (友達光電) yesterday announced water supply remains sufficient at the Hsinchu Science Park.
March 14, 2013, 11:57 am TWN
According to the company, the Hsinchu Science Park's water is sourced primarily from Baoshan Reservoir (寶山水庫).
The company added that it is committed to the cause of water conservation, and that its water reclamation systems conform to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, with up to 80 percent of its water usage rendered reusable. Its 8.5-generation manufacturing plant is able to reclaim up to 90 percent of water used, according to the company.
Despite the lack of an immediate threat to water supply, the company indicated that it is monitoring the situation and is prepared to comply with rationing of water usage.
The Water Resources Agency (水利署) yesterday issued a “green” alert, representing an escalation from “blue,” in response to the recent lack of rainfall. A “yellow” alert is expected to be issued on March 15, coupled with reduction of water pressure in the evening hours, according to reports.
Currently, water supply is critically low in the southern regions of Taiwan, including Kaohsiung and Tainan. Water supply remains nominal throughout the rest of Taiwan.
Rainfall in the first three months of the new year is at a historical low, with rainfall in the areas surrounding Hsinchu accumulating only 70 percent the amount of rainfall conventionally recorded in January, while in February and March, only 9 and 8 percent of rainfall was recorded against historical averages, leading to waning water levels at various reservoirs, according to reports.
Propelled by the requirements of the agricultural sector, a surge in water usage is impending, according to the Water Agency, adding that farms have been instructed to adjust their irrigation processes to conserve water. The areas surrounding Hsinchu will not experience significant water shortages, the Water Agency indicated.