Maui County Civil Defense trackers report that power is out at the Olinda Water Treatment plant which means Upper Kula residents must conserve their water.
Right now the water tanks are full but no new water can be generated (filtered, treated and pumped) while the power is out.
WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply advises all customers to conserve water as unprecedented storms near our shores. When Iselle hits the county, high winds and/or flooding could disrupt power supply to water sources. Customers should store drinking water now for use during the storm in the event water service is shut off.
Water and wastewater systems may be compromised if electricity cannot be supplied to power the pumps and motors in the distribution and transmission systems. In the event of a power outage, the Department of Water Supply may shut off valves and isolate tanks to reduce risk of damage and water loss. If this occurs, water will be restored as soon as it is safe for personnel to go out and open lines and flush if necessary. All irrigation systems and other non-essential uses of water should be shut off until further notice. Unnecessary use of the wastewater system should also be minimized.
Customers should listen for County updates and are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
Today – Tuesday, July 15, Shaft 33 and Iao Well is shut down for 14 hours while contractors work on connecting the new Wailuku Well to the water system. The shut down began at 5:30 a.m. today. Customers in Kahului, Wailuku, Waihee, Paia, Kihei, Wailea, and Makena are asked to reduce water usage all day Tuesday as water production will be limited until the project is completed.
Shaft 33 is a primary water source for Central Maui with a daily average production of 4.75 million gallons per day. Iao Well was placed in service in January 2013 and provides approximately 300,000 gallons per day. The tie-in project is part of a capital improvement project to install the well pump at Wailuku Well to spread out pumping in the Iao Aquifer. Wailuku Well is expected to be placed in service after construction is completed in 2015.
During this connection work – expected to last until 7:30 this evening – customers are urged to conserve water by turning off irrigation systems and other non-essential uses of water. Water pressure should not be affected. Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
The Department of Water Supply has updated the Priority List for water meters for Upcountry Maui. The list is dated June 30, 2014, and is posted in PDF format on the DWS web site, www.mauiwater.org on the Engineering Division” page.
The list is available for viewing in two formats – in order by datereceived and by tax map key number. The list currently has a total of 1,852 requests for building permit applications, subdivisions, and water service requests received as of December 31, 2012. The previous list was dated June 30, 2013, and had 1,887 requests.
Applicants may call the DWS Engineering Division at 270-7835 for more information.
Part of Alamaha Street in Kahului will be closed this Thursday night, June 5, while Department of Water Supply (DWS) personnel replace a broken water service line. Traffic on Alamaha will be limited to local traffic only between Hanakai Street and Hanamau Street from 5 p.m. until midnight. Motorists are advised to follow signage and traffic control, and use alternate routes.
In addition, water will be off for customers at 296 and 312 Alamaha Street from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Affected customers are advised to store water for the evening if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time Friday to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
In an unrelated incident, DWS crews shut down water service in another Kahului neighborhood earlier today after a water line broke. Customers in the affected area should have weater restored by this afternoon, according to DWS spokesperson Jacky Takakura.
Some customers in Wailuku will have no water tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., while Department of Water Supply (DWS) personnel work on an emergency repair to a leaking main line. The affected area includes:
Affected customers are advised to store water for the evening if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time after 8:30 tonight to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
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