Water conservation continues

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water’s water conservation request remains in effect until further notice for Hanamaulu and Anahola.

The water conservation notice for Waimea and Kalaheo residents was lifted around noon Friday.

The DOW continues to work on fully restoring its electronic and radio communication control systems that automatically monitor its wells, pumps and water storage tanks. The control systems malfunctioned following the islandwide power outage on Thursday.

Water conservation is requested as a precaution, in order to avoid a possibility of a water outage. Hanamaulu and Anahola residents and businesses are asked to continue water consumption to essential uses only.

Essential water needs include cooking, bathing and toilet flushing. Water conservation measures include refraining from car washing, turning off automatic sprinklers and outdoor irrigation systems, and using water wisely indoors and outdoors.

In addition to an islandwide power outage, New Year’s Day brought with it a water main break that occurred around 7 p.m. and affected customers in the Kapaa area along Kuhio Highway (from Kamoa Road to Keaka Road), Hoi Road and Niulani Road. Repairs were completed at around 3 a.m. Friday.

DOW spokeswoman Kim Tamaoka said it’s been a busy start to 2015.

“We can’t remember if there’s been a water main break on other New Year’s Days, but our operations never stop,” she wrote in an email. “We are never truly on a holiday. If things happen with our water system (line breaks, leaks, electric outage, etc.) we will be there to address it.”

Updates on the water conservation will be sent as new information becomes available.


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