Water rates to be the topic on Molokai

Proposed increases to the water rate schedule for the Hoolehua drinking water system will be the topic of a meeting March 12 on Molokai.

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will hold the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. March 12 at the Kulana ‘Oiwi Halau Multi-Purpose Conference Room in Kalamaula to discuss the proposed increase with beneficiaries.

The current water rates expire on June 30. According to the department, costs to operate the water system have risen, while revenue has not kept up. The last time the department raised water rates was in 2004; the increase was spread out over 10 years.

At the meeting, officials will present a summary of the department’s costs to manage, operate and maintain the water system, explain what the department is doing to keep costs down and get feedback on the proposed increase. Beneficiary input will be presented to the Hawaiian Homes Commission in its decision-making process.

For more information, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/beneficiary-consultation/proposed-increase-to-water-rate-schedule-for-hoolehua-drinking-water-system/.