Despite the Rain Drought Still in Effect

July 10, 2019, 3:50 PM HST · Updated July 11, 6:35 AM
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Storm system Barbara brought some much needed rain to Maui County, just not enough according to the Department of Water Supply (DWS).

The county still remains under a Stage 1 water shortage which was issued back in May. The good news is that water levels are closer to normal according to DWS officials.

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“Things are not dire right now, thanks to a little help from Barbara,” said DWS Director Jeff Pearson. “Let’s see where things go over the next month or two.”

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Pearson said Upcountry reservoir levels increased about 6.5 mg (millions of gallons) while demand dropped over 1 mgd (millions of gallons per day) from July 8 to 9. In particular the county’s “workhouse” for the upcountry water system  – the Piʻiholo Water Treatment Plant – is around 96 percent full with 48 mg.

For now the water restrictions remain in place, for Upcountry and parts of Central Maui. Click here for a list of areas where DWS urges conservation and suggests water saving tips.

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