Water use restrictions went into effect in the Kanto region on Tuesday for the first time in 11 years. Residents and businesses in the region are being asked to cut their water usage by 10%.
The restrictions have become necessary because water levels in eight dams in the Tonegawa River drainage system, which serves as a major source of water for the Tokyo metropolitan area, have fallen due to unusually low rainfall and high temperatures this August, the Kanto Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said.
As of last Friday, the bureau said that water storage rate in eight dams in the Tonegawa river system had fallen to 40%, the third lowest rate ever recorded for the period, TBS reported. The ministry added that the storage rate was now equivalent to that of 2001 when water usage restrictions were last imposed.
The restrictions apply to the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi prefectures.© Japan Today