The County of Maui Department of Water Supply is still requiring customers on its Wailuku-Kahului-Paia system to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent as part of a Stage 1 water shortage declared late last month.
“A contractor has made progress in getting a second water well back on line in the Central Maui region,” Department of Water Supply Director Jeffrey Pearson said. “We appreciate our customers’ support in conserving water during this time.”
The Stage 1 declaration came after a Wailuku water pump failure over the April 25-26 weekend. The 10 percent cutback in water usage is mandatory until further notice.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, consumers should postpone the washing of vehicles, irrigation of landscape or unnecessary water use at this time.
At the end of last month, four water pumps were out of service in the Central Maui-Paia region. The department’s capacity from those sources was down by as much as 6 million gallons per day. Water demand in the system area averages about 24 mgd. The department increased production at other wells and at the Iao Water Treatment Plant to offset the loss of water from the four wells. One of those wells was returned to service earlier this month.
Consumers with water problems may call the 24-hour service line at 270-7633.