Hawaii News Digest, 22 August 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15462.
Accessed on 22 August 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Max Dible.
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The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply says strict water restrictions will apply for at least two months following the failure of a motor and pump at the Honokohau Deepwell. DWS mandates include restrictions on residential irrigation and the recreational washing of boats and vehicles.
DWS manager and chief engineer, Keith Okomoto explains why the restrictions will remain in place for an extended period of time:
“DWS has warned that if there isn’t widespread community cooperation, water service to specific areas may be disrupted to ensure minimal water service to all customers. Mauka areas are likely to be hit first and hardest in the event of strategic disruptions.”
“The restrictions were ratcheted up from the standard 25 percent water usage reduction that’s been in place for most of the 2017 calendar year after plans to bring the recently downed Honokohau Deepwell back online today were dashed by yet another premature equipment failure — this time a defective motor.”
“Keith Okamoto, manager and chief engineer at DWS, confirmed in an email to WHT Sunday that the motor, which was diverted from its intend-ed insta-llation site in Waimea along with the accompanying pump, had never been used. The precise problem has yet to be identified, but a technician informed DWS the motor would likely fail if installed.”
“We’re looking at options, but don’t have anything with an immediate turnaround,” Okamoto wrote regarding the timeline for Honokohau’s potential return to service. “At this time, it appears all options will take at least (two) months.”
“This means the current water restrictions will remain until we can get either Palani or Hualalai operational,” he added.
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