Well Breakdown Prompts Water Conservation

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The Hawai’i County Department of Water Supply is continuing to ask customers from Keopu to Puukala in North Kona to conserve water due to a breakdown of the Honokohau Well. At this time, the well remains non-operational.

This water conservation notice asks for residents to voluntarily reduce usage by 10 percent.

Daryl Ikeda, DWS Chief of Operations, said on Thursday that the department is working through the process of getting a bid from contractors. Once bidding is complete, the pump will be pulled out of the well to determine the exact issue. Ikeda noted that the project is being expedited and the problem is being looked into thoroughly.

Some ways to conserve water are to wash only full loads of laundry and dishes at a time, check faucets and pipes for leaks, avoid letting water run when you brush your teeth or shave, reduce shower times, and use water-saving devices.

Additionally, agricultural users are asked to keep water usage to a minimum and to irrigate only at night and during non-peak hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

For more information, please contact Daryl Ikeda at 961-8790.


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