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DWS Reminds the Public of Water Conservation Notice

January 21, 2016, 8:06 AM HST
* Updated January 21, 7:29 AM
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File photo by Josh Pacheco.

File photo by Josh Pacheco.

Dry weather conditions and repair work to well sources in the South Kohala and Hamakua areas  have brought the continuation of a water conservation notice.

The Department of Water Supply says the conservation request continues as the National Weather Service continues to forecast for a dry season.

Residents from Waimea Town to Kawaihae, as well as Pohakea Mauka, Kalopa Mauka, Pa’auilo Mauka, Old Ahualoa Road, and Kukuihaele in the South Kohala and Hamakua areas are being asked to voluntarily reduce water use.

DWS lists the following ways to reduce 10 percent of water use:

  • Wash only full loads of laundry or dishes at a time
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator
  • Do not let water run when you wash, shave, or brush your teeth
  • Reduce showering times
  • Use water-saving devices
  • Use a broom instead of a water hose for cleaning
  • Irrigate at night and with a buck for small jobs
  • Use drinking water wisely

Agricultural users are asked to keep water usage to a minimum and irrigate only when necessary. Irrigation should take place during non-peak hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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Should the dry weather condition continue, a water restriction notice could follow.

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