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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — U.S. bases on Okinawa will continue voluntary water restrictions even after a weekend downpour temporarily lifted a planned water rationing program that was to begin Monday night.

Okinawa officials decided Monday to postpone nighttime water rationing after 4.5 inches of water fell on the island, replenishing its nine reservoirs.

However, dry days are ahead and Okinawa officials warn that if the average reservoir levels fall below 43 percent, the proposed 10 p.m.-6 a.m. islandwide water ban could begin later this month.

Kadena is asking base residents to reduce water consumption by 20 percent. The base’s 18th Wing issued a notice Wednesday stating that current water restrictions will remain in effect.

To conserve water, Kadena has lowered its water pressure, restricted lawn watering and personal car washing, limited washing of government vehicles to once per month and closed Army and Air Force Exchange car washes for five days a week.

The restrictions also are in place on other U.S. bases on Okinawa.

“The 18th Wing is dedicated to conserving water and is continuously looking at ideas that will further reduce water consumption,” said Col. Steven Lillemon, 18th Civil Engineer Group commander.

“We are working with Okinawan officials to support efforts they and the citizens of Okinawa are taking to conserve water.

“We have our engineers looking at all angles of our water usage to identify areas where we can reduce consumption,” he said. “The U.S. military is committed to taking care of the environment.”


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