Low water levels prompt cutoff warning

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County warned North Kona residents Wednesday of the possibility of being cut off from the water supply temporarily after tank levels declined in the past few days.

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KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County warned North Kona residents Wednesday of the possibility of being cut off from the water supply temporarily after tank levels declined in the past few days.

The tanks service the general area between the Makalei Fire Station to just south of the Palani Road and Mamalahoa Highway junction. These areas include, but are not limited to, Makalei Estates, Kona Hills, Palisades, Wainani/Lokahi Makai, Kaiminani Drive (including all side streets), Kona Acres and Hina Lani Drive, including all side streets.

“Without everyone’s continued cooperation, there will be areas that will experience periodic loss of water service or lower water pressures,” a release from the Department of Water Supply said. The release instructs all residents and customers in North Kona to continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs.

Limited hand-watering of precious plants, on occasion, is still acceptable using the following best practices:

• Water at night to reduce evaporation.

• Use of county’s free mulch to preserve moisture around plants.

• Use of rainwater from downspouts for plants.

• Do not over-water plants.

• Use of sprinklers (manual or automatic) for lawns and grass areas is still prohibited.

Five of North Kona’s wells are out of service and in the process of being repaired. The water restrictions have been in place since the beginning of the year and are expected to be lifted at the end of the year.

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Information

Read the entire DWS release at www.hawaiidws.org.

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To report any observed wasteful use of water, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org.

For after-hour emergencies, call 961-8790.

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