Shuzō senyō suidō

Water supply exclusively for sake making

This term refers to a water supply infrastructure established exclusively to serve the sake producers of three of the five go in Kobe (Nishi-goMikage-go and Uozaki-go). At the same time as the need for sake-making water increased with the production volume of  seishu , groundwater supplies were reduced by urbanization. So, in 1968, a plan for the construction of new mains was draughted, led by the Committee for Water-Resource Measures set up within the  Nada Sake Maker’s Association. This was approved by the government as a Structural Reform Project for the Sake Industry in 1971, and was completed in March, 1973 at a cost of 590 million yen. With sluices located near the confluence of the Sumiyoshi and Nishitani rivers and a reservoir at Motoyamanoyori (本山野寄), it supplies 6,000m3 of water per day.