AOMORI (Kyodo) Tap water has been restored as of Tuesday to all but 5,000 out of 90,000 households in seven cities and towns in Aomori Prefecture that were affected by a broken duct, water supply companies said.

The cutoff that started Thursday initially affected some 230,000 people in 90,000 households. The 5,000 households, in Hachinohe and Hashikami, still only have tap water for certain hours of the day, the companies said.

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