Restoration of Lifelines

Although there has been criticism in some quarters of the length of time it has taken to clear debris and construct temporary housing, work on restoring vital lifelines such as the electricity and water supply has proceeded at an impressive pace.

Although there has been criticism in some quarters of the length of time it has taken to clear debris and construct temporary housing, work on restoring vital lifelines such as the electricity and water supply has proceeded at an impressive pace.

Around 98 percent of households in Aomori and Iwate Prefectures lost power on the day of the earthquake; across the Tōhoku region as a whole only around 20 percent of people still had access to electricity. But the Tōhoku Electric Power Company and other utility companies made restoring power their number-one priority, and supply was back to 90 percent of normal levels within two weeks of the disaster in most areas.

Restoration of the Power Supply Across Tōhoku

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Work to restore the water supply also made quick progress. At the time of the disaster, there were concerns that the lack of an adequate water supply might put lives at risk. But thanks to the efforts of local water companies, the water supply was restored within ten days in most areas, with the exception of several tsunami-ravaged coastal regions.

Water Supply and Time Without Water by Prefecture

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