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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Stage 1 water shortage declared for Upcountry Maui

A Stage 1 water shortage declaration will take effect July 2, 2021, due to dry conditions and high water use Upcountry. Beginning July 2, the department is prohibiting Upcountry water consumers from using water for irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential activities.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in penalties, including a $500 fine for each violation and removal of a water meter for subsequent violations.

The Department of Water Supply’s Piiholo Water Treatment Plant raw water reservoir in Olinda is well below 50 percent capacity, in addition to a variable water supply at Wailoa Ditch, that supplies water to the department’s Kamole Water Treatment Facility. Water from Kamole is pumped uphill from Haliimaile to supplement Upcountry water sources. 

The Upcountry Maui water service area includes Makawao, Upper and Lower Kula, Haiku, Pukalani, Kokomo, Kaupakalua, Ulumalu, Ulupalakua and Kanaio. A Stage 1 water shortage exists if the director of the Department of Water Supply determines that anticipated water demand in an area is projected to exceed available water supply by 1 to 15 percent.

The Department of Water Supply reminds Upcountry Maui consumers to continue to conserve water to reduce consumption.

The department appreciates the ongoing conservation efforts of Upcountry residents.

For more information, contact Department of Water Supply Administrative Officer Adam Mundy at 270-8046.

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