WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Water Supply asks water consumers in Makawao/Olinda, Upper Kula, Kahului to Kihei, including Maui Meadows, and Iao Valley to continue conserving water. The storm has left our area, and a wind advisory has been cancelled. However, cleanup includes restoring power to nearly half of the county’s water pumping operations.
Power failures and downed trees have impacted the water pumping capacity in these areas. The Department requests that all consumers in these areas –residents and businesses– please conserve water and avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice. Residents and businesses in Maui County located in areas other than those mentioned above may resume normal water usage.
The Department thanks 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.
WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply announced that customers in the Honokowai and Lahaina areas may experience low water pressure and are requested to please conserve water until further notice. A key pump in the Department’s Mahinahina Water Treatment Facility, which supplies water to these locations, failed earlier today.
Repairs are being expedited but until the repairs are completed and full production is restored, Honokowai and Lahaina customers are requested to avoid irrigation and unnecessary water usage.
Napili and Kahana customers will not be affected.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
The Department of Water Supply is repairing a 36-inch transmission main line in the pasture above Kaiwahine Street at the beginning of Kihei off of Mokulele Highway. The Army National Guard Armory may experience low pressure in their water supply; however, water supply to the rest of the public should not be affected.
DWS, however, requests residents and businesses in the Kihei and Makena area conserve water until mid-day on Wednesday.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the 24-hour service line at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.
‘IAO, MAUI — On Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 9 a.m., Wailuku Water Company will begin releasing 10 million gallons of water per day into ‘Iao Stream pursuant to the April 2014 Settlement Agreement in the Na Wai ‘Eha Contested Case. The Agreement involved Hui o Na Wai ‘Eha, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company, Wailuku Water Company, the Maui County Department of Water Supply, and the State Commission on Water Resource Management.
“For the first time in more than a century, there will be a continuous flow of water from mauka to makai in the ‘Iao Stream, providing great potential to restore native fauna habitat. We will work closely with our Division of Aquatic Resources to monitor how this increased flow affects aquatic life in the stream,” said William J. Aila, Jr., Chairperson of the State Commission on Water Resource Management.
The Agreement establishes new interim instream flow standards (the minimum required flow) of 10 million gallons per day (mgd) for ‘Iao Stream near Kepaniwai Park, 5.0 mgd for ‘Iao Stream at or near the stream mouth, and 2.9 mgd for Waikapu Stream (below the South Waikapu Ditch diversion). The Agreement also maintains the previous restorations of 10 mgd for Waihe’e River, 1.6 mgd for North Waiehu Stream, and 0.9 mgd for the South Waiehu Streams.
“Wailuku Water Company supports the instream flow standards for the Na Wai ‘Eha Streams agreed to by the parties and adopted by the Commission. These standards are flexible enough to address the variability in stream flows
that naturally exist. We look forward to working with the Commission to make this a success story,” said Avery Chumbley, President of Wailuku Water Company.
Due to safety concerns, access to the area will be limited during the releases. People should be aware of rising water levels on ‘Îao Stream throughout the day. Commission staff will accompany representatives from Wailuku Water Company to measure and document the releases. Some users receiving stream water from ditch systems may experience reduced ditch flows as a result of the releases.
The Commission plans to video the releases. Field reports documenting compliance with the Agreement will be posted on the Commission website.
On Tuesday, October 7, contractors will be working on the electrical connection for a new backup well, Hamoa Well #2, in Hana. During this time, there will only be intermittent power for Hamoa Well #1 which is the primary water source for Hana town.
Customers in Hana are asked to reduce water usage on Tuesday as this source will be out of service during portions of the day.
Hamoa Well #2 is a capital improvement project and is expected to be in service as a backup source for Hana town in November, 2014.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
Due to continued dry weather conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs, Upcountry residents are urged to voluntarily cut back water usage by 10%. The affected area includes Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Haliimaile, Pukalani, Omaopio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio. Ironically, though, Ulupalakua and surrounding areas received nearly an inch of rain Thursday.
As a precautionary measure, the Department of Water Supply will shut down the Olinda Water Treatment Facility (WTF) on Monday, September 22, 2014. As of this morning, the 30 million gallon (MG) Waikamoi Reservoir is empty and the 100 MG Kahakapao Reservoir is at 32.8 MG. In addition, levels at the Wailoa Ditch, which is the source for the Kamole WTF, are less than 15% of the maximum flow for the past week.
The Kamole WTF in Haliimaile, the Piiholo WTF in Makawao, and the Pookela Well in Makawao will provide water for customers in Upper Kula, instead of the Olinda Facility. By Wednesday, Upper Kula customers may notice a change in taste or smell because the water coming from the lower elevations is disinfected with chlorine. The Olinda facility utilizes chloramines for disinfection, which does not have a chlorine smell. The water meets all federal and state water quality standards.
While the facility is out of service, the DWS will be cleaning and relining the 8.5-million gallon basin at the Olinda site. The project is part of the fiscal year 2015 capital improvement program.
In addition, the Department would like to remind all Upcountry businesses and residents to check for leaks and conserve water until the winter rains can replenish the Upper Kula reservoirs. “We are requesting customers to reduce water usage by 10% for the next two to three months until the rains restore water levels in the reservoirs. Normally, daily average usage is about 6.9 MGD; however, the average demand for the past week has been 8.3 MGD. This is high,” said Director of Water Supply Dave Taylor. Current water levels are available at www.mauiwater.org.
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