HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Concerns over radiation in tap water continue to drive a run on bottled water in Japan. A bottled water company in Hawaii is trying to help meet the need.
Menehune Water Co. has put workers on double shifts and ramped up production of its Hawaii brand water that's sold in Japan. Menehune has doubled container shipments to the country. Each container holds 800 jugs of water.
"The bulk bottles, meaning the five gallon bottles, are primarily for cooking, making baby formula, and of course for drinking as well," company president Ken Simon said.
The company is also shipping more 1.5 liter bottles of water. Simon said the additional shipments are a drop in the bucket but they're something.
"It doesn't represent any large portion of the consumption needs for the consumers. But we're doing our part to try and support the people that are in our system and getting our water," he said.
When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Menehune suspended a planned rate increase to that market.
The company has sold bottled water in Japan for 20 years.