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MOLOKAI BUSINESSES GET CREATIVE WITH CRITICAL WATER CONSERVATION

July 23, 2009, 12:07 PM HST
* Updated July 23, 12:13 PM
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Businesses on Molokai are taking extra steps to conserve water as tank repairs continue.

Molokai Pizza Cafe Manager Regan DeGeorge.  Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Molokai Pizza Cafe Manager Regan DeGeorge. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

In an effort to avoid unnecessary water use, Molokai Pizza Café manager Regan DeGeorge says the business turned off its ice cream machine and is using paper products to reduce water use for washing dishes.

Residents of Kalae and Kaunakakai on Molokai are also being reminded to take extra efforts to conserve water.  Although the tank has been somewhat stabilized, county crews say the supply remains fragile.

Water in the tank remains critical for meeting hospital and dialysis center needs as well as providing water to fire hydrants.

Residents that need additional information can call a special information line at set up by the county at (808) 553-5791.

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They are also encouraged to make use of the water tankers provided in town.  Tanks for potable (drinking) water are available around the clock.

Kamu Enos fills a drinking water container at the temporary Kaunakakai Water Tanker.  Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Kamu Enos fills a drinking water container at the temporary Kaunakakai Water Tanker. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

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Tanks for non potable water (for everything else) are available between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Non-potable water can be used for watering plants, showering, and flushing toilets.

Customers should come with empty containers to fill, using separate containers and labeling them for future reference.

Contractor crews and personnel from the County’s Department of Water Supply are continuing to work days and evenings to expedite repairs.

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(By Wendy Osher; information provided by county Public Information Office)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE THROUGH

INFORMATION line 553-5791 (Molokai #)

County of Maui website:   www.mauicounty.gov

Kaunakakai Water Holding Tank. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Kaunakakai Water Holding Tank. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Kamu Enos and Kegal Tancayo fill containers at the Kaunakakai Water Tanker.  Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Kamu Enos and Kegal Tancayo fill containers at the Kaunakakai Water Tanker. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Crews work to connect a chaft at Kualapuu.  Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Crews work to connect a shaft at Kualapuu on Molokai. Photo Courtesy County of Maui, public information office.

Kualapuu Well. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Kualapuu Well. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Crews connect column asseblies at the Kualapuu Well.  Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Crews connect column asseblies at the Kualapuu Well. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Crews prepare to lift and install column at the Kualapuu Well.  Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Crews prepare to lift and install column at the Kualapuu Well. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

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