The Department of Water Supply (DWS) is continuing its declaration of a Stage 1 water shortage in the Upcountry district due to reduced surface water flow and an ongoing dry weather forecast for the summer and fall. The Stage 1 water shortage became effective Tuesday, July 18, 2017. At Stage 1, the water
rates remain the same.
By law, the Director of Water Supply, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to declare a water shortage whenever the water supply becomes inadequate in any area in the County due to a period of drought,
an infrastructure or mechanical malfunction, natural disaster, or other event causing a water shortage.
A Stage 1 water shortage
exists if the Director determines that anticipated water demand in an
area is projected to exceed available water supply by one
to fifteen percent.
Due to the declaration of a Stage 1 water shortage,
all Upcountry water consumers are asked to conserve water and to avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice. Water conservation measures taken now could prevent the progression to a Stage 2 or 3 water shortage.
Some friendly tips on
conserving water are as follows:
· Look for leaks and repair them right away. Check faucets and pipes for dripping
water. Replace washers and repair or
replace fixtures, if needed.
· Add food
coloring to the toilet tank water, don’t flush, and check the water in 15
minutes. If there’s color in the toilet
bowl, it means that there is a leak.
· Install low-flow fixtures by obtaining free low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet bags, and hose nozzles
from the DWS Water Resources
& Planning Division
office. Visit the office at One Main Plaza, Suite 102, Wailuku (corner of Vineyard
and Main Street, enter from the sidewalk)
or call the Division
at 463-3110. Business
hours are from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, Monday
The Department of Water Supply thanks its customers for its cooperation and understanding. For
general information, visit www.mauiwater.org.