Upcountry Water Shortage Terminated Following Heavy Rains
Due to the high volume of rain over the weekend, the declaration of the Upcountry “Stage 1” water shortage has been terminated.
Officials with the Maui Department of Water Supply say that although the declaration has been lifted, the department continues to recommend a continuation of voluntary water conservation measures. This is due to an anticipated dry spring and summer, which could quickly result in the re-issuance of a “Stage 1” water shortage declaration.
In addition, due to fluctuations in the flow of water and the volume of rain water, water levels can vary drastically which may require a declaration to go from a “Step 1” one day to a “Step 3” the following day.
The department offered some friendly tips to voluntarily conserve water are as follows:
- Bathroom tips—fix leaky toilets, take shorter showers and take showers instead of baths;
- Kitchen tips–wash a full load of dishes in the dishwasher and don’t let the water run at the sink;
- Laundry room tips–wash full loads of laundry and use an Energy Star washing machine;
- Outdoor tips–check the weather and don’t water your lawn if it’s going to rain, check the aim of your irrigation system so water is not wasted on sidewalks, check your garden hose for leaks, use a bucket to wash your car, don’t hose down the driveway, garage, or sidewalk; and
- Obtain FREE low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet bags, and hose nozzles from the DWS Water Resources and Planning Division office at One Main Plaza, Suite 102, Wailuku (corner of Vineyard and Main Street (enter from the sidewalk) or call the Division at 463-3110.
The Department of Water Supply thanked customers in advance for their cooperation and understanding.