Conserve water, drought or not

There’s no immediate relief in sight for dry Kaua’i or the rest of

drought-stricken Hawaii. It’s a situation that has the attention of state

officials and should be of equal concern to the public.

Warning that “this

is not the first year, nor will it be the last” that Hawaii pines for rain,

Gov. Ben Cayetano and other government officials are working with farmers and

ranchers on a plan for dealing with water shortages.

On Kaua’i, the

drinking-water supply is adequate, despite half or less of the normal rainfall

in populated areas of the island in the first half of this year. But to be

safe, the Kaua’i County Water Department, which is involved with other local

interests in the statewide drought response plan, encourages citizens to

conserve water. That’s good advice, now and even when the drought ends.

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