The Kumamoto Earthquake of April 2016 dealt a heavy blow to the local residents, collapsing houses and causing landslides. The Tateno area of Minamiaso-mura in Kumamoto Prefecture was particularly hard hit, and the residents persevered with no running water at home or for irrigation for over a year.
To restore normal living conditions in this area, Tokyo Electron Kyushu started to help with the construction of a well in February 2017. After drilling to a depth of 126 meters, an aquifer containing high-quality drinking-water was reached in May, and a pump capable of drawing 300 tons of water per day was installed to complete the facility.
A ceremony to donate the well to Minamiaso-mura was conducted in July 2017. Tokyo Electron Kyushu Senior Executive Vice President Kazuo Hagio presented a list of donated facilities to Mayor Seiichi Kira of Minamiaso-mura, and all participants including the local residents joined in the well water tasting session. Provisional restoration of waterworks made good progress thanks to the supply of water from this well, leading to the lifting of the area’s designation as a long term evacuation zone in October. Tokyo Electron Kyushu is pleased to have contributed to this recovery.