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Stage 1 water shortage declaration for Upcountry takes effect July 2

The Maui News

Upcountry consumers will be prohibited from using water for irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential activities as a Stage 1 water shortage declaration goes into effect July 2, the county announced Thursday.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in penalties, including a $500 fine for each violation and removal of a water meter for subsequent violations.

Stage 1 water shortages take effect if the director of the Department of Water Supply determines that anticipated water demand in an area is projected to exceed available water supply by 1 to 15 percent.

The department’s Piiholo Water Treatment Plant raw water reservoir in Olinda is well below 50 percent capacity, in addition to a variable water supply at Wailoa Ditch, which supplies water to the department’s Kamole Water Treatment Facility, the county said. Water from Kamole is pumped uphill from Haliimaile to supplement Upcountry water sources.

The Upcountry Maui water service area includes Makawao, Upper and Lower Kula, Haiku, Pukalani, Kokomo, Kaupakalua, Ulumalu, Ulupalakua and Kanaio.

For more information, contact Department of Water Supply Administrative Officer Adam Mundy at (808) 270-8046.

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