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.