Water-source switch in effect for Lihu‘e, Hanama‘ulu, part of Kapa‘a

LIHU‘E — The county Department of Water announced a temporary change in the water source, from surface-water-treatment-plant water to a ground water source, for its Lihu‘e-Hanama‘ulu and a portion of Kapa‘a’s water system, now until further notice.

Some customers may have been or are currently experiencing discolored water at the tap. The temporary switch to a different source will provide clear water for customers in the affected areas, and will also allow the surface-water-treatment plant to adjust and stabilize pH levels and clear up the discoloration in the tap water before returning to service.

DOW testing confirms that water quality continues to be safe for normal use, and conducts water testing on a continuous schedule to ensure water quality remains safe and meets state and federal drinking-water standards.

Updates will be provided when new information becomes available. To monitor water-service updates online, visit facebook.com/KauaiDOW.

To report a water-service emergency, contact the DOW at 245-5444, or after hours call Kaua‘i Police Department dispatch, 241-1711.

  1. Ricardo July 22, 2020 6:22 pm Reply

    Kauai is very proud of its exceptional record of largely avoiding the Covid 19 Pandemic. It may be less proud of its sewage issues. Allan Parachini has written a series of articles for The Garden Island regarding Hawaii’s cesspool problems. There are estimated to be 80,000 cesspools across the Hawaiian Islands. A cesspool is basically a hole dug in the ground to accept raw and untreated sewage. Cesspools allow untreated sewage to seep into the ground water and subsequently into the rivers and streams . The Covid 19 virus is very much present in raw sewage. A Yale University study earlier this year found that Covid 19 outbreaks and hospital admissions could be predicted accurately by the virus levels in raw sewage. Perhaps sewage treatment in Kauai should become an election issue.

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