A Guided Tour to Water Reclamation Center
The importance of water
Water Reclamation Center Field Trip Group Photo
On 27th April 2018, 30 lucky participants, 4 volunteers and 4 Economy and Tourism Section representatives from the City Hall met in front of the Minami Tama Station at 9 a.m. for another fascinating guided tour.
First, we visited a national treasure Iouji temple, which is located about 2 minutes south of JR Nambu Line Minami Tama Station.
Directions:〒206-0801, 1417 Daimaru, Inagi-shi, Tokyo
Due to a large fire in 1923 which burned all main halls, much of the history of the temple is unknown.
The Iouji temple was opened to public between 1704~1711.
There is a huge 10-meter tall copper statue of Daimaru Fudouson in front of the temple.
Iouji Temple worships the Yakushinyorai Buddha, commonly referred to as the "Medicine Buddha", a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings.
Next we went to see the Daimaru Park.
Directions:〒206-0801, 1171 Daimaru, Inagi-shi, Tokyo
It is located near the Inagi Municipal Hospital, therefore, it provides many facilities to promote active lifestyle.
Then we went past the former military facility Tama Ammunition Warehouse.
It was opened in 1938 as a Tama Plant of the Great Japanese Imperial Army. It is now used as a recreation facility for the US military Yokota Air Base, and the site of the old fire-fighting facility is located on the site. Because there are US military facilities, it cannot be normally entered.
Last part of our guided tour was in the Minami Tama Water Reclamation Center.
Directions:〒206-0801, 1492 Daimaru, Inagi-shi, Tokyo
We learned about the process of sewerage systems from the pipes to the river and how to contribute to improve the water environment and create an environmentally friendly Fuchu City.
The center uses 3,776 solar panels to generate electricity for its facilities. Impressive!
Minami Tama Water Reclamation Center uses the most advanced treatment methods, such as the A2O method, and the reclaimed water is discharged into the Tama River.
We also met Earth-kun! He is the mascot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Sewerage. He is also so cute that you can't help but smile when you see him!(^^)
We took a group photo in front of the center and went back to the station.
We are looking forward to the next guided tour!