Thursday, September 29, 2022

Still No Water

I keep checking the city's website to see if there is any new information on when running water will be restored.  I know the Self Defense Forces and others are working around the clock, but there is a lot of damage that needs to be repaired as well as sand, dirt, wood, etc. that needs to be removed. 

This is the English translation of the progress, as well as photos from the website.

・We are manually removing sediment, driftwood, etc. that are blocking the water intake.
・We have an entry road so that vehicles can reach the water intake.
・The water intake is recovering steadily.

Because heavy machinery is not allowed, driftwood etc. are removed by human-powered work.
The driftwood around the water intake is being removed, but the screen to remove foreign matter in the water intake is clogged with earth and sand, so it needs to be removed by hand.

Driftwood and earth and sand flow into the Jogenji water outlet installed on the Okitsu River to draw water into the Yatsu water purification plant, and water cannot be obtained from the river.
The water level is high and it is impossible to work with heavy machinery.
We are removing it as much as possible, but it takes time because we are working manually.

This explains why it takes so long to repair. I'm thankful for the workers who are repairing the damage.  I'm thankful for my friends who have checked on me and brought me water.  I'm thankful for the people who take care of the water distribution in my town. I'm very thankful to be in Japan.  

The one thing I plan to do the next time a big storm is coming my way is to wash my hair before the storm gets here.  Who knew I wouldn't be able to wash my hair for so long?


Jeanie said...

I'm glad they are working on it and people are being kind and helpful. Smart idea about washing hair/showering/whatever before something like that might happen if you have a head's up.

Anonymous said...

Sigh...still no water(ToT)
I respect that you thank everything in this difficult situation.
I hope your friends take you onsen!

Vireya said...

It is good to at least know what is going on. It is obviously a difficult issue to resolve.

Lyn Warner said...

I hope they are able to restore your water supply soon. The photographs explain better than words what the problem is. It looks like a challenging situation, but it must be reassuring to know what action is being taken.

Queeniepatch said...

Out ancestors had to draw water from a well, heat it over a fire and then they could wash their hair. Rinsing was with a cup of water, instead of our convenient shower and running tap water. It is educational to take a step back in history, isn't it?
I agree we have to be very grateful we are being so well looked after here, by the local government, by neighbours and friends and have to pay back by being helpful to them, too.

Leonore Winterer said...

I think it's really nice how the city kept everyone updated on progress of the work, and so glad it's been resolved!

Diane-crewe said...

What an amazing job they are doing x We will not mention the hair lol x