Kauai area residents urged to continue water conservation

For the fourth straight day, residents on Kauai are being asked to ration their water, and it looks like that won’t change anytime soon.

Since Saturday, more than 1,600 homes and businesses in Kalaheo have had to deal with water outages and low pressure.

Customers are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, such as cooking, bathing and toilet flushing. Urgent water conservation measures include refraining from car washing, turning off automatic sprinklers and outdoor irrigation systems.

Shower facilities are available for residents of Kakela Makai subdivision at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday, May 28 – Hanapepe Stadium from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 – Hanapepe Stadium and Vidinha Stadium from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and again from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Residents must bring their own towels and toiletries.

Kim Tamaoka, spokesperson for Kauai Dept. of Water, said the company believes the problems stem from a broken well shaft. With no time table of when the problem will be fixed, residents are forced to continue rationing until crews can figure out what’s wrong.

“We’ll be notifying the public as soon as we find out new information, but right now, we’re just asking for everyone to just be prepared for low water pressure and water outages for an extended period of time,” Tamaoka said.

The area’s primary well and backup deep well are currently out of service.

Portable water buffalos are located before the entrance to Kukuiolono Park for essential water use only. There are also water tank trucks for toilet flushing at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Customers have to bring their own containers.

Area restaurants KHON2 spoke with said the outages have not yet affected business.

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