Water outage scheduled for Sunday

PUHI — The Department of Water has scheduled a water outage from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday in Puhi. The outage will allow the state Department of Transportation’s contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., to connect a newly installed waterline to the existing water system. 

The new waterline was installed to allow the state to complete the Kaumuali‘i Highway widening project in the area, a county news release states.

During the outage, water service in Puhi and portions of Lihu‘e will either not be available or have low pressure.

The areas that will have no water service in Puhi are the Komohana subdivision, customers along Kaumuali‘i Highway west of Puhi Road, and Puhi Road between Kaumuali‘i Highway and Lele‘iona Street.

Subdivisions located in Puhi between Kaumuali‘i Highway and Kaneka Road will have low or no water pressure including residences along Welau, Nahema, Mua, Nani, Lele‘iona, Iliwai, Mawa‘ena, Kau‘oha, Pohu, and Wena streets.

All other areas in Puhi will have low water pressure.

Areas in Lihu‘e that will have low water pressure are the Village West industrial subdivision, Kane¯ka Street, Nuho Street between Kaumuali‘i Highway and Ulu Ma‘ika Street, and portions of phase one of the Pikake¯ subdivision; including Kohonua’Ula Place and portions of Kauila Street.

A detailed map of all the affected streets can be viewed online at www.kauaiwater.org.

After the connection is completed, customers are advised to open an outside hose bib and check if their water is clean, the release states.

If dirty water is visible, they should flush water through the hose bib until the water is clean before opening any faucet inside their house or business.

It is possible that sediment in the waterline may have been disturbed creating a need for the line to be flushed.  

Affected customers should ensure that their water heaters do not empty during the outage and store enough water to meet their needs during the outage. 

DOW will provide a portable water tank in the Komohana subdivision along Anonui Street and along Puhi Road near Lele‘iona Street for customers that run out of water during the shutdown.

Customers will need to bring their own water containers.

Residents are also asked to notify their family, friends and neighbors that may be affected by the outage, the release states.

Motorists should exercise caution when driving through the affected area.

The Department of Water apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks affected customers for their patience and cooperation in preparing for the water outage as the State completes its highway widening project, the release states.

Affected customers that have listed phone numbers or have registered for the county’s Blackboard Connect CTY notification service will be contacted through Connect CTY about the outage.

Those who have not yet signed up for the free notification service and would like to do so should log onto the county Website at www.kauai.gov or call the Kaua‘i Civil Defense Agency at 241-1800.

For more information, call the Department of Water at 245-5461 during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the outage, DOW personnel will be available at 245-5461 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Calls made after 1 p.m. should be directed to Police Dispatch at 241-1711.

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