KAUNAKAKAI WATER CONSERVATION URGED; SUPPLY DROPS RAPIDLY AMID WELL REPAIR

June 24, 2009, 5:01 PM HST · Updated June 24, 5:01 PM
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Residents of Molokai are reminded to conserve water as the county works to replace a pump and motor at the Kualapu’u Well.

County officials say current efforts are not enough and water levels at the tank have fallen rapidly since the well was shut down for the repair on Monday.

Customers of Kaunakakai and Kalae on Molokai are urged to use water for health and safety purposes only over the next three weeks.  County officials say customers may experience low water pressure or no water if storage levels continue to drop.

The State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is supplying water to the County system while the well is out of service but cannot keep up with the additional demand.

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Customers were originally asked to cut back water usage by a targeted amount of 25 percent; however, this may be revised if demand continues to exceed supply.  Work is expected to continue through July 10th.

Customers are urged to conserve water by turning off irrigation systems and other non-essential uses of water in order to maintain adequate water levels in the storage tanks for health and safety purposes.

(Posted by Wendy Osher © 2009; Information provided by County of Maui Department of Water Supply)

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