Toyota taps wells to remedy water supply disruption in central Japan

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TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. is using well water at its factories to avoid the effects of a disruption to central Japan’s industrial water supply, a spokesman said Wednesday.

A leak at a water supply in Aichi Prefecture has disrupted industrial water supplies, affecting more than 130 business locations, local government officials said. Those locations include companies and factories associated with Toyota.

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

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According to media reports, industrial water supplies would stop at 131 companies in 12 municipalities in Aichi prefecture around 9:00 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Wednesday, including the city of Toyota, which is home to the automaker’s headquarters.

But supplies hadn’t completely stopped at 11:15 a.m., an Aichi Public Enterprise Bureau official told Reuters, adding it was uncertain when the outage would be resolved.

Some major assembly lines at Toyota’s plants in the area had already planned to suspend production ahead of the water supply problem, due to a shortage of parts due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai. (Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; editing by Himani Sarkar)

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