Kula Waterline Fixed, but Boil Water Advisory Remains

January 12, 2011, 4:38 PM HST
* Updated January 12, 5:46 PM
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County crews from the Department of Water Supply rebuilt the 60 foot section of 8-inch waterline that washed out earlier this week near Kawehi Place in Kula.

File image by Wendy Osher.

As a result, all customers should now have water.  However, the Department continues to advise Upper Kula residents and businesses from Waiakoa Road to Kanaio to boil water as a precautionary measure.  The affected area includes Alae, Naalae Road, Waipoli, Polipoli, Waiohuli, Keokea, Ulupalakua and Kanaio.

Ofificals say the broken waterline may have compromised the water quality in the water system.  The department is still working to flush the lines.  They will also be collecting samples that will be tested by laboratory staff.  In the interim, affected customers should continue to boil water before consumption.

Customers from Waiakoa to Kanaio should not drink the water from the tap before boiling it first.  Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.  Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Potable water tankers remain at Ching Store, and on Middle Road below the DWS Waiohuli Tank for customers to fill their own containers.

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The DWS 24-hour service line is also available at 270-7633 for water service problems.

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(Posted by Wendy Osher, supporting information courtesy County of Maui, Department of Water Supply)

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