Contribution to biodiversity through business
METAWATER's sewage works treat and recycle water that is used by humans and returns (discharge) it to rivers. When treatment is insufficient or untreated wastewater is discharged rivers become contaminated causing contamination in the ocean where that river water runs into, which will eventually affect fish and waterfowl that live there. We engage in our business activities with an awareness that our technology contributes to preserving biodiversity.
The Tama River in Tokyo faced serious water pollution during the high economic growth period due primarily to an increase in household and industrial wastewater. Rivers were filled with bubbles and oil balls floating on the Tokyo Bay became a social issue.
However, wide spread use of sewage works and advancement of sewage technology has contributed to improving the water quality of the Tama River, and subsequently Sweetfish have returned to the river.
Preservation of forests in headwater areas that store, foster, and protect water
Forestation in Okutama
We are involved in reforestation together with the NPO (nonprofit organization) "Green Earth Center" in METAWATER Okutama Forest located in Okutama, Tokyo. Training courses for new recruits include tree-planting. Afterwards, our employees do volunteer work, such as removing weeds around the tree.
Forestation Program in Takao
We participate in activities of the "Forestation Program in Takao sponsored by the Japan Alpine Club" and engage in activities to preserve forests in headwater areas at the origin of the Tama River.
Forest volunteer activities (Hirakata Osaka)
The Western Japan Office participates in activities of the Forest Volunteer Group Taketori-Monogatari NPO and engages in forest preservation activities in Hirakata.
Cleanup activities at tidal flats, which create food chains for various organisms and function as a place for egg laying and growth.
Fujimae Tidal Flat cleanup activities
In cooperation with civil groups and the government, METAWATER cleans up trash that is washed into the Fujimae Tidal Flat, which is a wetland registered under the Ramsar Convention.