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Hilo Hydrant Tests, N. Kohala Water Shut-Off Next Week

September 13, 2013, 10:35 AM HST
* Updated September 13, 10:37 AM
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The county Department of Water Supply is notifying the public that next week there will be a water shut-off in North Kohala and two water hydrant tests in Hilo.

The hydrant tests will both be conducted on Monday, Sept. 16.

The first to be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. will affect customers along Komohana Street from Pu`ohonua Place and Huali Place, and any side roads in between. Some residents of upper Ponahawai Street will also be affected.

The second hydrant test will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and will affect customers along East Puainako Street between Maka`ala and Pohai streets, and between Kekela Street and Railroad Avenue. Also to be affected are residents on Paipai, Pilipa`a and Mikioi streets, as well as any side roads.

Residents in those areas are advised to store a container of water for drinking needs and to refrain from washing clothes as they may experience discolored water for several hours after the flow tests.

For information, contact District Supervisor Carl Nishimura at 961-8790.

A complete water shut-off is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, along Kynnersley Road in North Kohala.

The service interruption is necessary to make a connection for a new reservoir.

When service resumes, the waterlines will be flushed and cleaned which may result in turbid or discolored water, as well as air trapped in plumbing systems.

Affected customers are asked to take precautions to protect their property including disabling electrical power to pumps or any other devices which may be dependent on water pressure or water supply, and which might be harmed if automatically energized during the water shut-off.

For information, contact District Supervisor Andrew Higa at 887-3030.

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