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UPDATE: North Kona Water Restrictions Continue Until June 1

May 25, 2012, 3:36 PM HST
* Updated May 25, 4:00 PM
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Water restrictions continue for residents in the North Kona area following Monday’s failure of the QLT well. The Department of Water Supply issued an update late Tuesday, which asked residents in the area to continue cutting back on water usage by 25% until the tank can be completely repaired and water levels are normal for prime usage.

Areas that are affected by the QLT Well’s failure include:

– Ka’iminani Drive, Hinalani Street, and upper Palani Road, including all side streets and subdivisions

– Mamalahoa Highway from Keopu Heights to Kona Ocean View / Pu’ukala, including all side streets and subdivisions

– Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from north of Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Airport, including NELHA, Keahole Ag Park, and surrounding industrial areas, side streets, and subdivisions

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According to a Friday update from the department, backup levels continue to stay online, and water levels have begun to stabilize. Residents are still asked to abide by the 25 percent water restriction until June 1, when they believe that a spare pump will be installed and fully operational.

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Water spigots have been set up off of fire hydrants for emergency usage only. These spigots are for North Kona residents and are set up in the following areas:

– Mauka of the West Hawaii Civic Center

– The intersection of Keanalehu Street and Puohulihuli Street, located above Kealakehe High School.

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