Toyota is tapping wells to overcome water supply disruptions in central Japan

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TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corporation is using well water at its plant to avoid the effects of disruption of industrial water supply in central Japan, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Local government officials said a leak in a water facility in Aichi Prefecture disrupted industrial water supplies, affecting more than 130 businesses. These include Toyota-affiliated firms and factories.

Japan’s largest automaker will be able to operate as usual on Wednesday and will continue to monitor the situation thereafter, the spokesman said.

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According to media reports, 131 businesses in 12 municipalities in Aichi Prefecture, including the city of Toyota, where the automaker is headquartered, will have its industrial water supply cut off by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

But supplies did not stop completely until 11:15 a.m., an official with the Aichi Public Enterprise Bureau told Reuters, adding that it was uncertain when the disruption would be fixed.

Some of Toyota’s large assembly lines in the region had already planned to suspend production before the water supply problem due to a shortage of parts arising from the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai. (Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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