Effective today, the Department of Water Supply (DWS) has begun the long–awaited process of issuing water meters in the Upcountry area. The capital improvement project for the Hamakuapoko Wells as a back-up source for Upcountry is near completion and will provide additional water supply, which will allow for additional water meters to be issued.
The Department will research each meter request in the order of the Upcountry Priority List and contact the applicant by certified mail to offer the water meter. Applicants will then have 30 days to respond to the offer. The Department will then proceed to contact the next applicant. When the amount of additional water supply is depleted, offers for new meters will cease.
Although the DWS will be processing batches of applications simultaneously, this will be a time-consuming process and it may take a year or more to contact all the appropriate applicants. For each request, the applicant and DWS personnel must review in detail the applicant’s project status, water system requirements and capital costs which may be associated with the new water service and meter(s) offered.
“We expect to issue meters for a couple hundred thousand gallons of water,” said DWS Director Dave Taylor. “Because this is a time-consuming, detailed project, we ask customers for their patience. DWS personnel will contact applicants when their application comes up. Customers calling to ask about their application will only delay the process, so we ask customers to wait until we contact them. We have reached an exciting milestone, and I hope we can make significant inroads to shrinking the list.”
Main Street in Wailuku will be closed on Tuesday night, March 18, 2014, while Department of Water Supply (DWS) personnel repair a leaking waterline. Main Street will be closed between North Church Street and Market Street from 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow signage.
Water service will not be affected. Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
Work to repair a 12-inch waterline break in Kahului near Wakea and Ni’ihau Street has been completed. However, motorists can still expect delays for a litle longer while workers remove heavy equipment and traffic barriers.
Water service was restored at approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning; however, Wakea Avenue from South Kamehameha to Lono, and Niihau Street from from Wakea to Moali are still closed as DWS personnel are working to complete road repairs after last night’s waterline break.
The roads should reopen by 10:30 a.m. this morning.
The break was discovered Thursday afternoon. Customers on Wakea Avenue from South Kamehameha Avenue to Lono Avenue, and customers on Niihau Street from Lono Avenue to Moali Street had no water until approximately 3:00 a.m., when the repair was expected to be completed. DWS workers met that deadline. When water service is restored, customers may want to flush their waterlines to ensure no sediment has built up in their lines.
The Department requests customers only call the DWS service number (270-7633) for emergencies.
The County of Maui Department of Water Supply (DWS) is advising customers in Wailuku and parts of Kula that current water bills may show a small overcharge due to an error in the new computer billing system. Customers in other areas are not affected.
The error was discovered Friday when the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, which provides billing services, advised the DWS of the problem. The DWS has already taken steps to correct the error and all affected customers should see an adjustment within the next few billing cycles. For most residential customers, the overcharge is approximately $8 to $10 on the monthly meter fee.
“We are fortunate to discover the problem early on and apologize for any inconvenience to those customers who are affected. Our staff will be reviewing all affected accounts and making the correction within the next few billing cycles,” said Director Dave Taylor. “We would like to ask customers for their patience and to watch their water bills for the next couple months. If there is an overbilling error, they will see a correction on the bill. If customers do not see the correction within the next two to three months, they may call the Fiscal Customer Service line at 270-7730.”
HONOLULU – The nominating committee for the state Commission on Water Resource Management (Water Commission) is still accepting applications for one position on the commission, starting July 1, 2014. The nominating committee will review the applications and send the names of not less than three qualified individuals to the Governor, who will nominate one person for the vacant position. Appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
The Water Commission is composed of seven members. The commission has jurisdiction and final authority on matters relating to the State Water Code (Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 174C). The Governor appoints five members. The chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the director of the Department of Health are voting ex-official members.
State law requires that each member have “substantial experience in the area of water resource management.” Commission members serve without pay except for reimbursement for expenses. Each serves a four-year term.
Applications and resumes may be sent to:
Commission on Water Resource Management
1151 Punchbowl St., Room 227
Honolulu, HI 96813
Applications should be postmarked no later than Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
To apply online, visit the State of Hawaii Boards and Commissions website at http://boards.hawaii.gov/apply/apply-for-a-board/. More information can also be found on the commission’s website at http://state.hi.us/dlnr/cwrm/aboutus_commission.htm.
Due to a waterline break this afternoon, traffic is currently reduced to one-lane only on Hana Highway from the municipal parking lot at the entrance of Paia town to the intersection of Baldwin Avenue. Motorists are advised to follow traffic control and use alternate routes if possible. The waterline break was first reported shortly after 4 p.m. today.
In addition, customers in the area (Hana Highway between Ae Place intersection and Nalu Place intersection, Ae Place, and Nalu Place) will be without water as late as midnight tonight, according to DWS Spokesperson, Jacky Takakura.
Customers are asked to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
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