Portions of Upcountry Maui are experience water system issues that have prompted officials to call for user conservation. Specifically, Kamaole, Ulupalakua and Kanaio users are asked to conserve as much water as possible.
The reason for the problem has not been released and no estimate has been given regarding full service restoration. Customers are being asked to call the 24-hour service line if a water-related problem arises.
The Mahinahina and Lahaina Water Treatment Plants are experiencing problems due to heavy rains carrying debris and clogging the intake water lines.
As a result, the Maui County Department of Water Supply is asking all consumers in West Maui to please conserve water and avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice.
The Department expresses its appreciation to customers for their cooperation and understanding. Please call the 24-hour hotline at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa,
Q: There is a dilapidated Dept. of Water Supply facility near my neighborhood in Wailuku, and there is a new access road and a 200-unit development being built that will bring many more drivers past this area. I’m sad to say the facility has a lot of trash, abandoned equipment and the Quonset hut badly needs a coat of paint. Do you know if there are funds available to fix up and clean up this area? It’s an area that many residents have to pass every day, and it sure would be nice if it was a little less of an eyesore.
A: The Quonset hut you’re referring to is a County Water department facility on leased, privately-owned land; it is intended to be phased out completely in the next few years. For now, our Water director says DWS staff will check on the trash and debris to determine if it is under the County’s jurisdiction, and if so, what kind of resources would be needed to clean it up.
Q: I see that the Airport Road is almost done, the road going past Target is open and Dairy Road is almost complete as well. All we need is for Hansen Road to be open again and it will be much easier for people in Kahului to get where they need to go. Any updates on how that’s going?
A: The Department of Public Works tells me the project is ahead of schedule. We were looking to reopen Hansen Road at the end of 2015 but now we’re looking at the end of October, barring any weather delays. This is great news, especially since the Hansen project actually involved three separate projects going on at the same time. There was the $4.5 million reconstruction of Hansen Road, for which we aggressively applied for and received federal funding that pays for 80 percent of the cost. Then there was a separate federal aid contract to widen and improve Kalialinui Bridge for $1.3 million (This is a small bridge located along Hansen Road). And finally we coordinated with the State Department of Transportation for the last quarter mile, because it is owned by the DOT. They have a baseyard located near the Hana Highway side of Hansen Road and we were able to coordinate with them so that the whole road will be improved at the end of the project. Much mahalo to State DOT for helping us out with this important project.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa,
Q: Mayor, I called your office recently to ask a question about the fair only to be directed to an outside fair office. I know that the Maui County Fair changed its name to the Maui Fair some time ago but I thought the name change was purely cosmetic. Are you telling me that Maui County doesn’t have anything to do with the fair anymore? Is that true and if so why?
A: Whether it’s called the Maui County Fair or the Maui Fair, the county will always be involved one way or another in putting on the best fair in the state. But for the exact history of the name change I’ve asked Maui Fair Alliance President Avery Chumbley to provide the following information – “Back in 2011 the fair was reorganized to ensure the perpetuation of this annual community event well into the future. The Maui Fair Alliance was formed as a 501-c-4 non-profit organization to organize and run the annual Fair. In 1989 after the Maui County Fair and Racing Association withdrew from organizing the event, the Maui County Fair Association took over that activity and organized the 67th Maui Fair in 1989 to the 88th Maui Fair in 2010 all held at the War Memorial Gym Complex. The annual fair continues to be held at the same location and this year will be the 93rd Maui Fair. The County of Maui has been a co-sponsor of the annual fair since its relocation in 1989 from the old Territorial Fair Grounds in central Kahului, in that co-sponsorship role the County provides support and assistance to the fair organizers from its Parks Departments but does not provide any financial support. The Maui Fair Alliance is proud to partner with the county in order to continue to bring this annual grassroots event to our community.”
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email:AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
Wailuku – In an apparent hit and run, a motor vehicle crash damaged a fire hydrant and affected water service for Wailuku town this morning. Department of Water Supply crews are on scene and expect to have the problem repaired by 1 p.m.
Homes and businesses in the area of Olinda and Makawao will lost water pressure for an estimated five hours tomorrow night.
The Department of Water Supply will be doing waterline maintenance work at the Pookela Tank site in the Olinda area on Tuesday, June 9 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, June 10. This work may affect water service for residents and businesses in the area bounded by Haleakala Highway to Kokomo Road and from Makawao Avenue to Haliimaile Road.
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.
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