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Kalaheo well repairs on schedule

KALAHEO — The Department of Water says it is on schedule to complete the full restoration of Kalaheo’s deep wells.

“We are currently three weeks into our estimated four- to six-week timeline to complete the repairs,” said Kirk Saiki, DOW’s acting manager and chief engineer. “We anticipate completion within these final three weeks.”

Since removing the 900-foot-long shafts from Kalaheo Well 1 and Well 2, DOW officials and contractors have been repairing both wells simultaneously. Officials expect the replacement parts for Well 2 to arrive on Kauai by next week. It should take another one to two weeks for the department and contractors to install, disinfect and test the pump and water to ensure compliance with drinking water quality standards.

In the meantime, the DOW is servicing its Kalaheo customers through a temporary low-capacity submersible pump installed in Well 1, a temporary pipeline and a booster pump. All of these temporary installations are currently providing supplemental water service to the Kalaheo area.

To ensure that the temporary installations are able to provide water to all Kalaheo residents, it is still necessary to continue water conservation measures until full repairs and re-installations are completed. 

Water buffalos for essential uses are located before the entrance to Kukuiolono Park and on Milia Street in Kakela Makai. A water tanker with non-drinkable water is located at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

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