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Pearson lifts water limits in C. Maui

The mandatory water cutback for Wailuku-Kahului-Paia customers has been lifted, the county Department of Water Supply announced Tuesday.

On May 3, customers in those areas were ordered to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent as part of a Stage 1 water shortage declared in late April after four pump failures in Wailuku and Waihee.

One pump was undergoing scheduled maintenance but the other three went down unexpectedly, water officials said. The four wells produce as much as 6 million gallons of water a day, about a quarter of the 24 mgd demand for the region.

“We now have three of four wells back online, so the Department of Water Supply is comfortable with the amount of water available for our customers,” Department of Water Supply Director Jeffrey Pearson said. “We appreciate our customers’ cooperation in reducing water usage during this time.”

While the mandatory restrictions have been lifted, Pearson asked the public to continue to conserve water.

“I would like to remind all of our water customers that we’re heading into the hot summer months when demand for water typically rises,” Pearson said. “So, we appreciate continued conservative use of water. This saves money for consumers on water bills and helps safeguard our precious resource of water.”

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