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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Almost eight inches of water was not enough to quench Okinawa’s thirst.

Prefectural officials said Wednesday that the water situation on Okinawa remains tight despite the 7.9 inches of rain dumped on Okinawa by Typhoon Sinlaku last week.

As of Wednesday, water levels at 10 reservoirs increased to 68.1 percent capacity, rising from the 59.2 percent mark measured on Sept. 12, according to the Okinawa Prefectural Enterprise Bureau, which manages the island’s water supply.

"Typhoon No. 13 (Sinlaku) increased the amount of water stored at the reservoirs," said Yoshiharu Yoneda, coordinator of the bureau’s Water Supply Management Office.

He quickly added that it was not enough.

"Unless we have another typhoon or two, we may face a severe water shortage around January," he said.

Okinawa officials are continuing to urge people to conserve water and not count on additional storms to come to the rescue.

Sinlaku poured 7.9 inches of rain in the northern Okinawa area, where the island’s major reservoirs are located, said Tadashi Zamami, a weather forecaster at the Okinawa Metrological Observatory.

"It was not as much as we had expected," he said.

Another typhoon is forecast to form over the next few days, but it should pass far to the south of Okinawa, he said.

Meanwhile, October and November are Okinawa’s "dry season," Zamami said.

"We do not expect the current water situation to get any better in the coming months."


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