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Upcountry Maui Water Shortage Lifted

January 7, 2020, 7:08 AM HST
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Upcountry, Maui water shortage lifted. PC: Maui Now.

A Stage 1 water shortage has been lifted for Upcountry.  The decision was made due to near-normal rainfall, a short-term forecast for more wet weather and adequate water storage in Upcountry reservoirs.

The shortage was declared on May 24, and was lifted on Monday after more than seven months of voluntary water conservation restrictions placed on Upcountry residents form Haʻikū to Kanaio.

Department officials say that during dry periods, water use Upcountry can reach more than 8 million gallons a day; but due to recent rains, consumption has dropped to 6 million gallons per day to 6.5 mgd.

Now, the two Upper Kula raw water reservoirs at Kahakapao, with total storage of 100 million gallons, are at about 90 percent storage capacity. The Piʻiholo raw water reservoir in Lower Kula, with total storage of 50 million gallons, is also at about 90 percent capacity.

Officials with the Maui Department of Water Supply are urging customers to remain mindful of their water consumption.

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Weekly water levels can be checked online.

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