Japan Region Including Tokyo to Cut Water Use After Light Rains
Measures to reduce water usage in an area of eastern Japan that includes Tokyo went went into effect today, as light rainfall in August caused reservoir levels to fall.
The program to cut water usage by 10 percent became necessary after water levels in reservoirs that supply the Kanto region dropped to 39 percent of capacity, Japan’s ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism said on its website.
Water supply in the region was previously limited for five days in August 2001, Susumu Sawada, who heads the water management section at the ministry’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau, said by telephone today. Sawada declined to say when the restriction will be lifted.
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