Earl Hinz   Marshall Islands

Jaluit water reservoir

"Jaluit had been the administrative site for the Marshall Islands since pre-WWI days when the Germans controlled the islands"

  It was natural for the Japanese to also use the atoll and its facilities after they occupied it following WWI. Unlike the Germans who only used their Pacific islands for economic gain, the Japanese resettled many of their own people on the islands as an extension of their homeland.

  Necessities, conveniences and amenities were built to satisfy Japanese immigrants not accustomed to the native's lifestyle. Among them were water reservoirs from which piped-in water could be had around the village of Jabor.

  The concrete structure to the left is such a reservoir and the wave deflector to the right is a small segment of the shoreline protection built to prevent waves from washing away their community during storms.

 

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