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Heavy rains fill dams, end rationing worries

Date Posted: 2004-07-10

The rains came, and the water levels in the nine Okinawa dams began rising.

Only weeks ago, the Fukuchi Dam, Okinawa’s largest, was drained so low the bottom gravel was almost visible. Today, it is overflowing.

Prefecture officials were so concerned about the water situation two months ago they began plans for implementing rationing. And just as they were set to begin, the first heavy storms drifted over the islands. Prayers for a pleasant summer season were answered.

The July 4th holiday weekend was anything but sunny though. Rains were plentiful, with 137ml measured around the dam. The dam is full, and now water flows over its lip.

Residents visited the dam to see for themselves and said “oh, what a waste of water. I wish we could save that water too.”

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