Drought? What Drought?
Because the chip-making process requires massive volumes of water, Austin semiconductor companies (in bold below) rank among the city water/wastewater utility's biggest customers. Below is a chart of water usage by the city's top eight users. These are the city's only "industrial customers" -- so designated because they drink up 85 million gallons or more per year.
For a sense of scale, total city water usage for the charted one-year period was about 50 billion gallons -- so the three semiconductor companies represented about 6% of the city's total water usage for that period.
October 2000-September 2001
|Total (gallons)||Peak Month|
|University of Texas||542,435,600||66,033,100||(Oct. 00)|
|Reit Mgmt. Research Inc.||183,588,100||18,540,200||(Nov. 00)|
|Abbott Labs||105,614,000||22,088,700||(June 01)|
|Sematech (Consortium of semi-conductor companies)||99,587,200||10,835,200||(May 01)|
|Multilayer Tek L.P.||95,330,100||19,056,300||(Feb. 01)|
Source: City of Austin Water/Wastewater Utility