Tokyo’s Bureau of Waterworks just recently finished a 25-year-long project to provide the city’s residents with tasty and specially treated water from the Tone River. This after the metropolitan government has been receiving bad press about the tap water they have been providing, in spite of it being perfectly safe to drink and pretty much hard to distinguish from its bottled counterparts.
An NHK article reported that the government agency wants the city’s residents to know that their water as it is just as good as any of the store-bought bottled beverages in the market. To do this, they have asked 700 private residents to test the quality of the tap water they have at home and act as “water monitors”. A project that the agency started in the 1980s put up water treatment facilities in five areas around Tokyo in response to a lot of complaints from the residents about the quality of the water that comes from their taps.
Results from a Tokyo government poll showed that only 52% of 3,600 people and businesses that participated are satisfied with the quality of the city’s water and 16% were dissatisfied, specifying the taste of the water as their main reason for dissatisfaction. Addressing the results is an implementation of an amateur water monitoring system in the next few weeks with the help of the 700 resident “water monitors” that will observe and report the quality of the tap water at their homes. A test kit is provided to the monitors to help detect the level of mineral content the water has, and they will also be asked to judge its taste and smell. Results from this initiative are to be published on the water bureau’s website to help the residents see the improvement in the quality of their tap water, and to spur them to start drinking it again in exchange of the bottled offerings at the market.