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Emergency water restrictions for North Kona due to failed well system

MEDIA RELEASE

This is a Department of Water Supply water emergency restriction notice for Monday afternoon May 21, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

The Department of Water supply reports QLT Well in North Kona above Mamalahoa Highway has failed earlier today. At this time, backup sources are on line, but due to low water tank levels, these sources are not able to meet normal demand. North Kona water customers are advised to restrict water use to essential use only. Water restriction means a 25% reduction in daily water use. Customers on restriction are in the following areas:

  • Ka‘iminani Street, Hinalani Street and upper Palani Street including all side streets and subdivisions off of these roads.
  • Along Mamalahoa Highway from Keopu Heights to Kona Ocean View/Pu‘ukala including all side streets and subdivisions off of these roads
  • Along Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway from north of Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Airport including NELHA, Keahole Ag Park, all industrial areas, side streets, and subdivisions off of these roads.

At this time, Department of Water Supply staff is investigating the cause of failure. It is unknown at this time when repairs can be completed.

At this time, due to the current status of the North Kona water system, the following advisory is in effect: water spigots off fire hydrants are set up for customers to access water during this emergency in the vicinity of Kealakehe Parkway.

Water Spigot Locations

  • Mauka of the West Hawaii Civic Center
  • At the intersection of Keanalehu Street and Puohulihuli Street above Kealakehe High School.

Again, the Department of Water Supply reports the QLT Well is down. Back up sources now online are unable to keep up with normal demand. Customers in the affected area are advised to restrict water use to essential use only. It is unknown at this time when repairs can be completed. You will be informed as information becomes available.

If you need additional information or have emergency needs, please call 961-8790.

Your cooperation is needed and appreciated.

Department of Water Supply

One Response to “Emergency water restrictions for North Kona due to failed well system”

  1. savantb says:

    This makes a good case for having rain barrels and grey water systems.

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