TAIPEI, June 6 (Reuters) - Taiwan on Sunday lifted its
toughest water restrictions for three parts of the island that
had seen supplies cut for two days a week after heavy rain
helped ease a biting drought.
Sub-tropical Taiwan is dealing with its worst drought in
history after no typhoons directly hit the island last year,
meaning much less rain.
In April, water supplies in parts of Taichung, Changhua and
Miaoli began being limited, with no water for two days every
week and tankers sent to supply residents.
But Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said those controls would
now end after more than a week of heavy rain, helped by a
tropical storm brushing Taiwan over the weekend.
However, she said the drought was not over and the
government would be considering how further to address the
island's water shortages.
The drought had threatened to affect Hsinchu, home of the
world's largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) .
The company has said, though, that it has seen no impact on
production from the drought and would continue to trim its water
use and buy supplies from tanker trucks for some foundries.
Technology companies have long complained about tight water
supplies, which became more acute after factories expanded
production following a Sino-U.S. trade war.
The drought has also exacerbated problems with electricity
management, leading to two major island-wide blackouts in less
than a week.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by William Mallard)