While Hawaiian Electric Co. crews work to fully restore power to Maui island, Maui County Department of Water Supply is asking everyone to conserve water to reduce demand and extend existing supplies. The department relies on electrical pumps for well pumps, water treatment and distribution.
Water conservation measures include refraining from washing cars or hosing down sidewalks and driveways and not irrigating lawns among other measures.
The Maui island power outage started around 3 a.m. today. HECO is reporting that power has been restored to affected customers in parts of Lahaina and a majority of Central Maui and South Maui areas.
Meanwhile, HECO crews are continuing to work to restore power to remaining areas of West Maui, Upcountry, East Maui, including Paia and Haiku and remaining pockets.
HECO said: “We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as crews safely work as quickly as possible to bring everyone back online. The number of affected customers and cause of the outage is still being assessed.”
The Department of Education has released a list of 14 Maui island schools closed today:
Mayor Michael Victorino asked Maui residents to be patient and respectful while Hawaiian Electric Co. crews work to restore power. Maui police officers at directing traffic at intersections where traffic lights are not working.