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$130K Awarded to DWS for Conservation Efforts

May 4, 2016, 9:11 AM HST
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File photo by Josh Pacheco.

File photo by Josh Pacheco.

Conservation efforts at the Department of Water Supply were recently rewarded with a hefty rebate from Hawai’i Energy.

During DWS’ April governing board meeting, Hawai’i Energy presented a $130,000 rebate.

The funds will be used to support the purchase of equipment and loggers with an aim to reduce water loss as part of DWS’ leak detection program.

“This substantial rebate is the result of the diligence and commitment of our staff in collaboration with Hawai’i Energy, and we accept it gratefully,” said Keith Okamoto, Manager-Chief Engineer of the Department of Water Supply.

Graceson Ghen, Hawai’i Energy efficiency advisor, says that the department has earned $325,000 in rebates over the past three years. The rebates were to be used for leak loggers, LED lighting, and more energy-efficient air conditioning.

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Hawai’i Energy is a rate-payer funded energy conservation and efficiency program under contract with the State’s Public Utility Commission.

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