(BIVN) – Although two of West Hawaii’s five failed water wells have been repaired and emergency water use restrictions have been lifted for North Kona customers, county councilmembers still want to audit the Department of Water Supply.
Resolution 287-17, passed by the Hawaii County Council at Wednesday’s meeting in Hilo, requests the office of the legislative auditor to conduct a performance audit on the water department “to ensure the department has adequate contingency plans to guarantee sufficient water supply to customers at all times, including during a disruption of deep well operations.”
At the time the resolution was introduced, five county deep wells – Waiaha, Palani, Keopu, Hualālai, and Honokōhau – were out of service, restricting water access to residents, businesses, and private and public services in North and Central Kona.
On Tuesday, the county announced the completion of repairs on the Hualalai and Palani Wells. But the council went through with the audit request anyway.
“We still want this audit to go through,” said councilwoman Karen Eoff, who represents part of the affected Kona area. “We want to make sure that we do have backup plans and we’re hoping that our auditor can enhance some of the recommendations as we move into the future.”
“It’s just a different way to help the department and I think it doesn’t hurt to have some outside eyes on what’s going on here,” councilman Dru Kanuha added.