(BIVN) – Extraction of the failed Honokohau Deepwell pump and motor is now complete, as the Department of Water Supply works to restore the well and lift the Emergency Water Restriction for the North Kona district.
Contractors also completed an inspection of the deepwell, the fifth water well currently offline in Kona. Reinstallation work will continue through the holiday weekend, water supply officials said in a Thursday update.
In the meantime, Hawaii County officials say the North Kona emergency water restriction continues.
“North Kona customers in the area from Keauhou to Keahole and Honalo to Makalei must restrict water use to health and safety needs only,” Hawaii County Civil Defense stated. “This means use water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes only. Cease all other water use including all irrigation and washing of vehicles and boats.”
Drinking water is available from a water tanker located on Hina Lani Street between Anini Street and Manu Mele Street, the county says, as well as from a water spigot along Ane Keohokalole Highway, between Kealakehe Parkway and Kealakehe High School. “Please bring your own drinking water containers to fill,” the county reminds customers.
“The Department of Water Supply sincerely appreciates the community’s efforts to restrict water use during this time,” the Thursday civil defense message stated. “Adjustments have been made to the water system and a minimum level of water service is being maintained. However, without everyone’s continued cooperation, there will be areas that will experience periodic loss of water service or lower water pressures.”