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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Notice of Declaration of Stage 1 Water Shortage

NOTICE OF DECLARATION OF STAGE 1 WATER SHORTAGE

Pursuant to Chapter 14.06A, Maui County Code, the Department of Water Supply of the County of Maui hereby provides notice of a Stage 1 water shortage for water consumers in the Upcountry and West Maui service areas. The Upcountry Maui service area includes Makawao, Upper and Lower Kula, Haiku, Pukalani, Kokomo, Kaupakalua, Ulumalu, Keokea, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio. The West Maui service area includes Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, Mahinahina, Napili-Honokowai, and Honokohau. Both Upcountry Maui and West Maui are experiencing continued dry weather and lack of rainfall.

The Director of Water Supply, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to declare a water shortage whenever the water supply becomes inadequate in any area in the County due to a period of drought, an infrastructure or mechanical malfunction, natural disaster, or other event causing a water shortage. A Stage 1 water shortage exists if the Director determines that anticipated water demand in an area is projected to exceed available water supply by one to fifteen percent.

When a water shortage is declared, the Director may apply schedules, restrictions, or measures as follows: 1) Prohibit water usage during certain hours or days of the week; 2) Prohibit the use of water for irrigation, lawns, personal washing of vehicles, or other nonessential activities; 3) Prohibit the use of temporary construction meters; and 4) Institute water shortage rates as set forth in the annual budget. Failure of a water customer to comply with any mandated water restriction may result in penalties, including a fine of $500 for each violation and removal of the water meter for subsequent violations.

At this time, the Department is requesting all Upcountry and West Maui water consumers to refrain from using water for irrigation, lawns, personal washing of vehicles, or other nonessential activities.

The Stage 1 water shortage is effective as of June 30, 2022.

Stage 1 water shortage rates are the same as regular water service rates, but will increase as set forth in the annual budget if a Stage 2 or Stage 3 water shortage has to be declared.

Agricultural water customers are requested to reduce water consumption to the extent practicable, but are not required to implement any restrictions or mandates for the first ninety days after this publication. After ninety days, and if the water shortage continues, agricultural consumers are subject to the same provisions as other water customers.

The Department will continue to watch supply and demand and the

weather forecast to determine when the Stage 1 water shortage can end or if a

Stage 2 or Stage 3 water shortage has to be declared.

Please contact the Department Secretary at (808) 270-7816 if further

information is needed.

By: ________________________________

HELENE KAU

Director

Department of Water Supply

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