Water us­age re­duc­tion down­graded in North Kona

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

KAILUA-KONA >> Big Is­land of­fi­cials turned the water back on in North Kona fol­low­ing a manda­tory con­ser­va­tion or­der that lasted nearly a year.

The county’s Depart­ment of Water Sup­ply on Tues­day down­graded the manda­tory 25 per­cent water us­age re­duc­tion to 10 per­cent vol­un­tary water con­ser­va­tion, West Hawaii To­day re­ported. The manda­tory or­der was in ef­fect for 362 days.

The change came three weeks af­ter con­trac­tors fin­ished re­pair­ing the Keopu deep well, re­duc­ing the num­ber of off­line water sources in the re­gion to three.

Deep wells at Keahuolu and Hualalai, both of which were re­paired in 2017 only to fail again shortly af­ter­ward, re­main in­op­er­a­tive. The deep well at Wa­iaha is last on the depart­ment’s pri­or­ity list, as its re­pair will re­quire fish­ing out equip­ment lost af­ter an ex­ca­va­tion cable snapped over the sum­mer.

No time­lines ex­ist for the re­turn of any of the three wells.

Con­struc­tion projects such as the Manawalea Street ex­ten­sion, part of the state’s large-scale hous­ing and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, which re­quires abun­dant water, were put on hold for months as of­fi­cials strug­gled with five si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­op­er­a­tive deep wells.

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