Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Liquid Gold (渇水)

It rained two days last week, but apparently that wasn't enough. There's even talk that the upcoming rainy season (known as "tsuyu" in Japanese) might not cure our woes.

Ehime Prefecture is now experiencing a drought. This is apparently serious enough to warrant water rationing. As of now, Matsuyama City residents are having their water cut off nightly, between the hours of 11 PM and 6 AM.

So far, the water shortage hasn't affected us here in the burbs, but that may soon change if rain doesn't start to fall in the near future.

In fact, several of my city dwelling students have already showed me the menagerie of plastic bottles and tanks they intend to use to collect and store their water.

If it's a choice between a trip to the toilet, a hot shower, or doing that load of dirty laundry...which would you choose?

I'm off to the store to pick up some plastic jugs - you know, just in case.


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