Hawaiʻi County urges wise water use, courtesy at public spigots due to drought

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Due to prolonged dry conditions throughout windward areas, Hawai‘i County officials are urging residents who rely on water catchment systems to use their water wisely due to the dry weather and display courtesy when using public water spigot sites.

Individuals seeking to refill their depleted personal catchment tanks have reported long wait times at some of the County’s water spigot sites, all of which are limited to gathering potable water.

Also, due to the increased demand for water hauling, commercial water haulers have experienced extended delays when refilling at the designated fill stations, impacting their ability to provide timely service to customers.


“We’re asking for the public’s patience and cooperation at the spigot sites,” Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth said. “We’re also advising those with catchment systems to use management practices and conserve their water as best they can until this extended dry period is over.”

The Department of Water Supply offers the following household tips and practices to use water wisely:

  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • Check toilets, faucets and pipes for leaks; repair all water leaks promptly.
  • Do not let water run when washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Reduce showering times.
  • Use water-saving devices like low-flow fixtures and timers whenever possible.
  • Use a broom instead of a water hose when gathering leaves and grass clippings.

For additional water-saving tips, visit and click on the “Conservation” link in the top menu bar.


Hawai‘i County law states water spigot areas “shall be for the loading of water only. All other use and activity shall be strictly prohibited.” Please follow this law and be respectful of others waiting to use the public water spigots.  

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