Water use meetings scheduled

Four community meetings have been set for next month on the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan.

The gatherings, the third round of community workshops so far on the plan, will focus on solutions to key issues for all water users and systems on Maui, paying attention to ground, surface and alternative water resources.

The draft Water Use and Development Plan will be considered by county policy boards in early 2017. According to state law, each county is required to prepare, periodically update and adopt by ordinance a water use and development plan to serve as the long-range planning blueprint for all uses of water in each county.

The meetings, all set for 6 to 9 p.m., follow:

• Nov. 17, Hana Community Center, Helene Hall.

• Nov. 28, Kaunoa Senior Center, Room 115, Lahaina.

• Nov. 29, Velma McWayne Santos Community Center, Wailuku.

• Nov. 30, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Pukalani.

In addition to these meetings, members of the public also will have an opportunity to offer their input at County Council Water Resources Committee meetings.

More information on the plan is available online at www.mauiwater.org.

The Department of Water Supply, Water Resources and Planning Division is hosting the meetings and can be reached at 463-3110.