Instead, solutions are being sought in Taiwan’s surrounding waters to build more seawater desalination plants. Most are on remote islands, with only three on Taiwan’s main island. A new facility has been built in Hsinchu to cope with the current drought. However, it can only treat 13,000 tons of water per day. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the 170,000 tons consumed daily by just the Hsinchu Science Park, where many semiconductor manufacturers are based.