In cooperation with Thousand Waves and CEASA, SAVE TAKATA began the “Mi-zu Project” on October 11th, 2011.
Residents in and around coastal areas of Rikuzentakata were forced to relocate to evacuation centers after the tsunami devastated the region on March 11th, 2011. As many of these centers were closed on July 31st, 2011, most of their inhabitants moved to new temporary housing.
The water for temporary housing units is provided either by purified water taken from wells, or from the city water main, both of which have been certified safe for consumption. However, many complain of debris in the water or ‘a strange taste and/or smell’ and raise concerns over its safety, particularly in homes with young children.
[Outline of SAVE TAKATA “Mi-zu Project”]
In order to eliminate concerns regarding water for temporary housing and to establish sustainable businesses in the area, SAVE TAKATA will be providing those housing units that request them with RO water purifiers.
Following the results of a survey of roughly 2200 temporary housing units in Rikuzentakata, we will be working with local water providers in installing these units. We will also work with these same providers in providing regular maintenance of the purifiers.
-October 5th, 2011 First Installation
Installation of a test purifier at Yonesaki Elementary School’s temporary housing.
-October 11th, 2011
Representing CEASA, Thousand Waves and SAVE TAKATA respectively, Ruben Rubio Loriente, Semba Kagawa, and Nobuaki Sasaki met with Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba at Rikuzentakata City Hall.
We will be releasing a website expressly for this project shortly.