The Kanto Regional Development Bureau plans to cut the water supplied to Tokyo and surrounding prefectures by 10% next week due to a water shortage.
The announcement came as the result of an emergency meeting held in Saitama on Friday to discuss the water shortage that is affecting the region. At the meeting, a panel of experts agreed that the water drawn into the system supplying water to Tokyo and surrounding areas would be reduced by 10%.
NHK reported that the reduction is to be applied at the eight main dams on the upper reaches of the Tone River and its tributaries, which provide clean water to Tokyo and five neighboring prefectures. The water storage level at the dams was at 70% of the annual average in June, following an usually dry rainy season.
The bureau announced that a follow-up meeting would be held in the event that continued lack of rainfall exacerbates the current water shortage. The bureau reported that as of 12 noon Friday, the eight dams in the region contained around 198 million cubic meters, which amounted to just 58% capacity. The bureau added that this was the second lowest amount on record for July since records began in 1992. The Yagisawa Dam in Gunma Prefecture currently contains around 50 million cubic meters which, the bureau reports, is just 44% capacity.
As well as Tokyo, the surrounding prefectures supplied by the system that will be affected by the forthcoming restrictions include Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Chiba. The Kanto Regional Development Bureau is calling upon residents of those areas to conserve water wherever possible.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the there is little likelihood of rain falling in the Kanto region for the rest of this month.© Japan Today