Still burning radioactive debris all over Japan … Yeah, let’s use rainwater!
- Let’s Use Rainwater! Recent Trends in Rainwater Use in Japan (Japan For Sustainability, Aug 24, 2014):
In recent years, a growing number of municipalities in Japan have been making use of rainwater. Blessed with a large amount of rainfall compared to other countries, since the post-war urban development period Japan has tended to deal with this abundance by “disposing” of rainwater. Over the years, however, this thinking has gradually shifted toward taking advantage of rainwater as a natural resource. In this article, we will introduce the recent trends in rainwater use in Japan.
The earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in March 2011 caused sudden rise in the number of households that are installing tanks to store rainwater for emergencies. The size and style of these tanks vary widely, from a small storage capacity of 100 liters to a large storage capacity of 1,000 liters, including tanks used as garden furniture made of terra cotta. Installation costs range from several thousand yen to several tens of thousands of yen. Continue reading »