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April 22, 2016

Drought Results in “Primary Natural Disaster Area” Designation for Maui

On April 12, the US Drought Monitor reported that 98.3% of the state was abnormally dry or drier. Maui and Kalawao counties were designated as a natural disaster area on April 20, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the locations eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.
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March 08, 2016

Low Rainfall Prompts Water Conservation Request in Kaupō

Due to low rainfall over the last two months, the Department of Water Supply is asking all consumers in the Kaupō area to conserve water.
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February 27, 2015

Community Meetings Scheduled to Gather Input for Wildfire Protection Plans

The Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization, in collaboration with the Maui Wildfire Coordinating Group, Maui Fire Department and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will hold community meetings to help develop new Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Upcountry/Central Maui and South Maui. All full-time and part-time residents in these areas are encouraged to attend.
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November 19, 2014

Rate Control for Times of Water Shortage Passes First Reading

Members of the council committee on water resources today passed a bill on first reading that seeks to establish special water rate actions and conservation measures during times of water shortages and drought.
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September 18, 2014

Upcountry Residents Urged to Reduce Water Use by 10%

The affected area includes Haʻikū, Makawao, Olinda, Hāliʻimaile, Pukalani, ʻŌmaʻopio/Pūlehu, Kula, Keōkea/Waiohuli, ʻUlupalakua, and Kanaio. The voluntary conservation is requested for the next two to three months until the rains restore water levels in the reservoirs.
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May 08, 2014

Severe Drought in Hawaiʻi Ends

The severe drought status that had plagued parts of the state has finally been eliminated, according to a drought information statement released today by the National Weather Service.
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March 24, 2014

Weekend Rain Improves Abnormally Dry Conditions

Heavy rains late last week helped to improve abnormally dry conditions for the state, according to a weekly crop weather report issued by the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.
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January 16, 2014

Disaster Declaration Issued for Maui Drought

The declaration makes farm operators facing extreme drought conditions eligible for low interest emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency, according to Senator Schatz.
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November 18, 2013

Wet Season Outlook Calls for “Some” Drought Recovery

The wet season outlook for Maui County calls for some drought recovery, according to a forecast released by the National Weather Service for the period of October 2013 to April 2014.
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November 13, 2013

Drought-Related Water Restrictions Lifted in Upcountry, Maui

Recent heavy rains and forecasts calling for more wet weather, prompted a cancellation today of the 20% voluntary water restriction that was in place for Upcountry water customers.
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September 05, 2013

Drought Forces Change in Upper Kula Water Source

Water customers in Upper Kula are being taken off of the Olinda Water Treatment Facility due to near-empty conditions caused by drought in the Upcountry region.
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August 30, 2013

Drought Watch for Upcountry Maui, 10% Conservation Urged

The drought watch goes into effect immediately, and includes the following areas: Haʻikū, Makawao, Olinda, Hāliʻimaile, Pukalani, Ōmaʻopio/Pūlehu, Kula, Kēōkea/Waiohuli, ʻUlupalakua, and Kanaio.
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July 03, 2013

Special Water Rates Considered During Times of Shortage

"The methodology is to use rates as a strong push to get everyone to cut back their usage so that there’s enough for everybody.”
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May 10, 2013

Extreme Drought Continues on Maui and Big Island

Areas of Maui identified in the report's most extreme D3 classification were the southwest slope of Haleakalā including the Kīhei, Kamaʻole, and ʻUlupalakua areas.
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March 22, 2013

Proposed Bill Would Raise Rates During Water Shortages

A controversial bill that would authorize water rate increases or other water-saving measures during times of drought and declared water shortages is up for discussion.
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