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Hamura Intake Weir

Hamura Intake Weir

Hamura Intake Weir is located about 54km upstream from the estuary of the Tama River. It consists of “Nagewatashi Weir” and “Fixed Weir” that dams up the water from the river, fishway where fishes can freely swim, and the first Water Gate to intake the dammed water.
Hamura Intake Weir was built at the same time as the Tamagawa josui headtrace, and it was completed in 1963,when the Shogunate (Japan’s feudal government) was concerned about the population increase of Edo. As for the Tamagawa Josui, the Shogunate made a plan to intake the water from the Tama River into Edo They initially tried to build an intake in the vicinity of Kunitachi’’s Aoyagi, then in the vicinity of Fussa’s Kumakawa but both failed. After all, it was established at the current location in Hamura.
Up to this day, the weir has undergone remodeling and expansion in 1900 and 1924.
Due to the structure of the weir, it normally intakes the water as much as possible and discharges 2㎥ of it every second from the small flushing gate. However, to ensure the safety of the weir we remove the Nagewatashi Weir to avoid the water level from rising when it floods, like when there is a typhoon.
Nagewatashi Weir is an extremely rare type;firstly, the iron beams are placed at right angle to the river. Secondly, the cedar logs are leaned against them. Then rRound logs are inserted on their sides, and finally items such as fascine (bundle of tree branches) and gravel are used to complete the weir. When the water level of the Tama River rises due to heavy rain such as a typhoon and it exceeds a certain water level, the beams are removed so that the weir can flow itself downstream. This is called “Nagewatashi-kibarai”. After the water level drops the weir is rebuilt. This is called “Shitsuke”, and these traditional techniques are still continued even to this day.
Raw water that has been withdrawn are conveyed to the Murayama and Yamaguchi Reservoirs. Also, after passing through Tamagawajosui Headrace it is conveyed to the Higashi Murayama Purification Plant.

General Information

Name Hamura Intake Tower
Location/Access 8-32-3-Chome Hanehigashi Hamura-City
JR Ome Line (Hamura Station) 10 min walk