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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
Motorola1,553,296,100150,470,300 (Jan. 01)
AMD958,200,80084,970,000 (Dec. 00)
University of Texas542,435,60066,033,100 (Oct. 00)
Samsung492,532,40046,931,600 (June 01)
Reit Mgmt. Research Inc.183,588,10018,540,200 (Nov. 00)
Abbott Labs105,614,00022,088,700 (June 01)
Sematech (Consortium of semi-conductor companies) 99,587,20010,835,200 (May 01)
Multilayer Tek L.P.95,330,10019,056,300 (Feb. 01)

Source: City of Austin Water/Wastewater Utility

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