ANAHOLA — The state Department of Hawaiian Homes Lands recently broke ground on the Anahola Farm Lots Water Project Phase II in Anahola.
The DHHL’s $12.9-million project, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will upgrade the Anahola Farm Lots Water System by replacing old infrastructure and ensuring that operations follow federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.
Phase II of the project will include the replacement of an existing, 500,000-gallon steel water tank and upgrades to the pump station facility that will improve efficiency.
As part of the work, DHHL’s contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., managed by Bowers and Kubota Consulting, Inc., working with design consultant Oceanit Laboratories, Inc., will install a temporary steel water tank to sustain the system while a new concrete tank is constructed. The work will also provide improved water pressure to lots near the tank.
“Last month, we broke ground on Ho‘olehua Water System improvements on Moloka‘i, and now we are entering into the second phase of work on the Anahola Water System, another project that addresses aging infrastructure,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Aila Jr.
“These necessary projects are possible largely as a result of USDA funding, and will provide major improvements to systems that were built decades ago.”
The Anahola Farm Lots Water System services approximately 45 farm lots and 30 residential lots with potable water. The system also acts as a unique backup for the County of Kaua‘i‘s area water system. Likewise, if DHHL’s well is inoperable, Anahola farm and residential lessees are backed up through this same interconnection.
The project’s initial phase, currently under construction by Kaiwa Construction Inc., focuses on the system’s distribution functions, including the installation of new waterlines, pressure-regulator stations, smart meters and lateral connections.