Public bath reopens in Anamizu Town

Parts of Anamizu Town in Ishikawa Prefecture have been without running water since the New Year's Day earthquake. The Self-Defense Forces have been providing temporary public bathing facilities, but now the prefectural amenities have reopened.

Most of the damaged water pipes in the area have been restored, including those at the Nono Fureai Cultural Center which has large bathrooms open to the public after nearly three months out of action.

The Self-Defense Forces will close the bathing facility that had been set up in front of the Anamizu General Hospital.

Town official Yukei Ichiro says, "I'm happy we can finally provide a bath for everyone. We hope people will continue to use the baths until their homes are restored."

The public baths are open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will remain free of charge to those affected by the disaster until May 31.

Nono Fureai Cultural Center in Anamizu Town, Ishikawa Prefecture