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Water conservation appeals issued following typhoon

Date Posted: 2011-08-26

Although it’s been more than a week since Typhoon Muifa crossed over Okinawa dumping record amounts of rain during its 40-hour sojourn, government officials continue to encourage water conservation on the island.

Okinawa Prefectural Enterprise Bureau is asking people to use tap water sparingly, noting demands are still high as people continue cleaning up and washing cars following the typhoon that struck Okinawa on August 6th. “We ask people to save water for a while,” says a bureau official, “because in case of the worst, excessive use of water could lead to a water rationing even if we received plenty of rain during the typhoon.”

The most immediate demands for water, to clean off cars at gasoline stations, has diminished somewhat. In the initial few days after the typhoon, drivers lined up for hours to wash salt off cars. “We weren’t expecting the typhoon to provide so much,” says a station staff member. “Cars are still lining up to get them cleaned.” One 33-year-old woman says “I washed my car just before the typhoon, but I’m washing it again because the typhoon made it really dirty.”

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