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Maui Water Rates to Increase
an Average of 5% in July

Updated 10:59 AM HST, July 1, 2013
Posted 03:06 PM HST, June 28, 2013
Wailuku water tower, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Wailuku water tower, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

Water customers on Maui will see their rates increase by an average 5% when the Maui Department of Water Supply implements a planned water rate increase on July 1, 2013, official said.

The increase should generate an estimated $3 million in additional revenues, “which is necessary to fund capital replacement projects and offset increases in electrical expenses, debt service, and operations and maintenance expenditures,” water officials said in a press release.

The Maui County Council approved the rates for the fiscal year 2014 budget.  DWS officials detailed the rate changes in the following rate table:

FY 2014 Monthly Rates per 1,000 gallons:

Single Family Dwelling

All Other General Usage

0 – 5,000



5,001 – 15,000



15,001 – 35,000









Agriculture ≥15,001


Non-potable (all usage)


DWS officials also issued a reminder that the monthly service charge for water meters will also increase.

“For the first time since 2002, water system development fees will increase to more accurately reflect the actual cost of providing new water service,” an announcement said.

“These rates have long been inadequate for covering source, transmission, and storage costs for adding customers to the existing system,” said DWS officials.

The following table details the water system development fees for various water meter customers, based on their meter size.

FY 14 Water System Development Fees:
Meter Size

Old Rates

New Rates

5/8 inch



¾ inch



1 inch



1 ½ inch



2 inch



3 inch



4 inch



6 inch



8 inch



10 inch



12 inch



***Supporting information courtesy Maui DWS.

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  • stand alone

    WOW, again someone getting greedy for money. Sounds like another over estimating feeding self frenzy. And or over spending.

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  • ttomni6

    According to news that appeared a few months ago, the proposal was that Maui water rates will increase 5% per year for the next 5 years.
    Yes, this will help pay to fix up our existing system – but it’s also to help supply new developments. Just like electric rates go up. Fix what we have and supply new developments.

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