Fallen tree causes water main break, Hilo residents asked to conserve during repairs

The Department of Water Supply is asking residents in the Hilo area to conserve water as it works on a main break.

The break was reported Sunday in a heavily forested area in upper Kaumana. Officials say it was caused by a fallen tree.

Water was initially shut off to customers in the Punahoa Mauka Estates subdivision, along Haleloke and Hokulani Streets, as well as all services along Chong Street from Na’auao Street to Lewa Nu’u Street, including Lawelawe Circle.

Crews made temporary adjustments to the water system in order to restore water service, in addition to installing emergency spigots. However, the utility says some areas may be experiencing reduced pressure due to the adjustments.

As a result, DWS is asking its customers to conserve water while crews continue to repair the water main. That means keeping water use to an absolute minimum, and turning off or disconnecting any devices or fixtures that regularly draw water, such as automatic icemakers and irrigation systems.

Repairs are expected to be completed Monday evening, and customers should start to experience normal water pressure shortly thereafter.

For more information, call (808) 961-8790.

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