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Downed South Kona Well Affects Water Sodium

April 10, 2015, 7:34 AM HST
* Updated April 10, 7:35 AM
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The Department of Water Supply recently announced that the department’s Ke’ei Well D experienced electrical issues on April 6. The DWS’s back-up well, Ke’ei Well C, was activated the following day to supplement water needs in the South Kona area.

Although still experiencing electrical issues, Ke’ei Well D continues to be used to supply water to some areas as the issue is investigated.

DWS officials say that that the back-up Ke’ei Well C has sodium levels that are higher than Ke’ei Well D. According to the department’s most recent information on sodium levels on the Ke’ei wells in July 2014, Ke’ei Well C has a sodium content of 34 mg/L, compared to Ke’ei Well D, which has a sodium level of 13 mg/L.

Areas that are provided water from the Ke’ei wells include:

Portions of Mamalahoa Highway from Napo’opo’o Road, south to Ho’okena, Middle Ke’ei Road from Mamalahoa Highway to the intersection with Napo’opo’o Road, Painted Church Road, and Keala O Keawe Road from Mamalahoa Highway to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau.

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The water being provided from the Ke’ei wells meet enforceable drinking water standards, and is safe to drink, according to DWS officials.

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Residents who live in one of the affected areas who are concerned because of sodium-restricted diets, including those who are undergoing treatment for sodium-sensitive hypertension, are advised by DWS officials to consult with their physician. For most individuals, drinking water supplies a very limited portion of their daily sodium intake.

DWS officials said Thursday that the length of the time that the back-up well will be used is undetermined, pending further investigation of the issue with the main Ke’ei Well.

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