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Rain shortage sends Zamami scrambling

Date Posted: 2009-10-01

A shortage of rainfall has resulted in water controls on Zamami, Aka and Kerama Islands.

Zamami Island has already instituted a 12-hour night time water cut-off, while Aka Island and Kerama Island are preparing to institute a 24-hour water shut-off every second day. Authorities say residents have to keep water in tanks, adding that most residences already are prepared with tanks in place.

Aka Island officials say the water shortage has brought water levels down to 5.13%, enough to leave the community with no water if there’s no rain within 30 days. Both Aka and Kerama Islands are using recycled dishwashing and shower water for toilets, keeping the used water in buckets and pots to avoid having to use the supplies in their tanks.

Zamami Village is exploring plans to get water from Naha City, transporting it to the island via ferry. Schools have switched to paper plates for school lunches to avoid having to wash dishes, and students are bringing their own drinking water from home.

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