Emergency water restriction in place for North Kona residents

North Kona residents continue to remain under an emergency water restriction.

The Department of Water Supply says crews worked double shifts and throughout the Fourth of July holiday to repair the Keahuolu Deepwell in North Kona.

The utility said as of Wednesday, July 5, the well is operational, however four other wells are still being repaired, and therefore the restriction remains in place.

Officials say, the remaining four wells may not be fixed until the end of the year.

Therefore, everyone must continue to reduce normal water usage by 25 percent.

Officials issued a notice at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 29, notifying residents that the Keahuolu Deepwell was out of service, and to use water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation only, and conserve water by flushing toilets less often and taking shorter showers.

All other usage, including irrigation and washing of vehicles and boats, had to cease until further notice.

Residents are being urged to store a sufficient amount of water (5-10 gallons) for basic household needs in the event of service disruption.

The Department of Water Supply is monitoring water usage and wasteful water use will be subject to further water restrictions and possible water shut-off.

To report restriction violations, please call 961-8060 or 961-8790.

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