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Conservation urged as island reservoir water levels low

Date Posted: 2009-03-12

Water levels in Okinawaís reservoirs are hovering at 54.1%, but officials are predicting that level will drop below the 50% mark by next week.

Itís not a good sign, Prefecture officials say, as they begin appealing to citizens to begin conserving water. Things had been looking pretty good until last September, the Okinawa Prefecture Business Section says in its new report on rainfall averages, but now the rainfall level is at the lowest level since 1981. Officials say the reservoirs had been 81.2% full in the fall, but the numbers are dropping quickly because of a lack of rain.

As questions arise over exactly how much rain can be expected during the May~June rainy season, officials are talking water conservation. They point out thereís no way fresh water production can meet needs. One official points out Chatan Town converts seawater to fresh water, but that a single dayís water requirement necessitates 440,000 tons of water, meaning itís not enough.

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