The Maui County Department of Water Supply is asking all Westside residents to conserve water because of last night’s storm, officials announced this morning.
“The Lahaina Water Treatment Plant is not operating due to heavy rain,” stated the county’s news release. “As a result, the Maui County Department of Water Supply is asking all water consumers in Lahaina to immediately take measures to conserve water until further notice and to avoid any unnecessary water use.”
Also, South and Central Maui are still under a boil water advisory.
“Customers should boil water at a rolling boil for 3 minutes prior to consumption or use, or use bottled water,” stated a news release from Water Supply director Jan Inouye-Ogata sent out early this morning. “DWS personnel are out in the water system flushing water lines to ensure clean water, and laboratory personnel will take samples to verify water quality today. Another press release will be issued once samples show no contamination…Affected areas include Kahului, Wailuku, Paia, Spreckelsville, Puunene, Kihei, Wailea, Makena and Maalaea.”
County officials say this is a “precautionary measure,” and no water quality violations have yet been observed.
The county is also asking everyone in Wailuku and Kahului to conserve water.
If you have any water-related problems, call the county’s 24-hour hotline at 808-270-7633.
As of press time, Kepaniwai Park remains closed due to flooding. Baldwin Beach Park is also closed until further notice. The Pali, though closed last night because of flooding and landslides, is now open, though that may change depending on weather conditions.
Photo of flooding in Kepaniwai Park: Lois Whitney/County of Maui