WAILUKU – The Maui County Department of Water Supply will be holding an informational meeting on the proposed Wellhead Protection Overlay District Ordinance on Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Wellhead Protection Project was initiated to protect the wells that supply drinking water to our community. The land areas that could contribute water and pollutants to the water supply have been delineated, or mapped as Wellhead Protection Areas. If pollutants are spilled or discharged in these areas, they could filter through the soil to the groundwater and be drawn into a drinking water well. The Department of Water Supply developed a protection strategy with community collaboration that resulted in the Overlay District Ordinance. More information about wellhead protection can be found on our website: www.mauiwater.org under “Resources and Planning Division”, “Wellhead Protection.”
The jurisdiction of Maui County recognizes that many residents rely on groundwater for their safe drinking water supply, and that certain land uses can contaminate groundwater. To ensure the protection of these drinking water supplies, this ordinance establishes a zoning overlay district to be known as the Wellhead Protection Overlay District. The purpose of the Wellhead Protection Overlay District is to protect public health and safety by minimizing contamination of aquifers and preserving and protecting existing and potential sources of drinking water supplies. It is the intent to accomplish this through both public education and public cooperation, as well as by creating appropriate land use regulations that may be imposed in addition to those currently imposed by existing zoning districts or other county regulations.
For more information about this program and meeting, contact the Department of Water Supply, Water Resources Planning Division, at 463-3110. People with disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact the Division at least five working days prior to the meeting date.