(BIVN) – Crews are working double shifts throughout the Fourth of July holiday to complete repairs on the Keahuolū Deepwell, the fifth water well to fail in West Hawaii putting North Kona under a Mandatory Water Restriction.
“Due to the loss of the pump and to avoid the loss of water pressure and service, the Department of Water Supply has restricted in North Kona water use to health and safety needs of drinking, cooking, and sanitation ONLY,” reads a recent Hawaii County Civil Defense message. “North Kona customers in the area of Keauhou to Keahole (Kona Airport) and Honalo to Makalei MUST cease all other water use including ALL irrigation and washing of vehicles and boats effective immediately.”
The Hawaii County Fire Department is warning residents to be extremely conscience of fire hazards this Fourth of July, especially with fireworks, and to take all necessary precautions to prevent fires from happening.
As the video above shows, signage has been activated along Kona highways, warning travelers of the emergency water restriction.
The Department of Water Supply will continue to monitor for unnecessary water use, and civil defense also recommends residents “store a sufficient amount of water for basic household needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes, in the event of service disruptions.”
For your use, a water tanker is located on Hina Lani Street between Anini Street and Manu Mele Street and a water spigot on a fire hydrant along Ane Keohokalole Highway, at the Kealakehe Parkway intersection.
Please visit our website at hawaiidws.org for more information. To report wasteful water use, call the Department of Water Supply. During normal business hours – 961-8060. After-hours and emergencies – 961-8790.
Officials say they will have another update on Wednesday, July 5.