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USDA Releases Drought Report for Maui

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported mostly normal conditions for the entire state of Hawai‘i on Oct. 16, 2018.

Stormy weather in has led to continued improvement. Drought has been eliminated, and only two small areas remain abnormally dry near the coast in NW Maui and NW Hawai‘i Island.

For the week ending on Oct. 14, 2018, the state rainfall averaged 4.15 inches.

In Maui County, the Moloka‘i Irrigation System water level was marked at 41 feet on Friday, Oct. 12, unchanged from the previous Wednesday reading. Conservation measures urged all non-homestead water users to cutback water consumption by 10%.

On Maui, the Waikamoi reservoir No. 1 water level was marked at 5.70 MG on Friday, Oct. 5, down 4.50 MG from the previous Friday reading. The Waikamoi reservoir No. 2 water level was marked at 4.80 MG on the same day, a decrease of 5.40 feet from the previous Friday reading. Each reservoir has a 15.00 MG capacity.

Kahakapao reservoir No. 1 was marked at 47.70 MG on Friday, Oct. 5,  up .50 MG from the previous Friday reading. The Kahakapao reservoir No. 2 water level was marked at 47.40 MG on the same day, up .40 MG the previous Friday reading. Each reservoir has a 50 MG capacity.

The Pi‘iholo reservoir was recorded at 48.40 MG on Friday, Oct. 5, down .30 MG from the previous Friday reading. This reservoir has a capacity of 50 MG.

Note: More recent reservoir readings for Waikamoi, Kahakapao and Pi‘iholo reservoirs were unavailable at the time of this report.

Complete information provided by the Drought Monitor can be found here [1].