In the name of progress, some Pa’ia customerts will be without water pressure for a while this week. As part of the capital improvement project (CIP) to improve the water system in Pa’ia, Department of Water Supply (DWS) personnel will shut down the six-inch waterline this Wednesday, January 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The affected area extends from Kupono Street to the Kuau area of Maui’s north shore. The CIP project includes transfer of water services from the six-inch line to the existing 12-inch line. The smaller line is old and subject to frequent breaks, and will no longer be used. The temporary shut down will allow the department to confirm which customers are on the six-inch line and which are on the 12-inch line.
Customers whose water service is on the six-inch line may experience low pressure or no water during the project. DWS Field Operations personnel will be checking the affected area and may briefly check customers’ exterior hose bibs for water as part of the verification process. Residents may ask for, and demand, approapriate identification from DWS works during the process to be sure the work is sanctioned properly.
Affected customers are advised to store water if needed, and should flush their waterlines for a short time after water service is restored to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.