Kauai's Department of Water announced Wednesday that Kalaheo residents should be prepared for intermittent low water pressure and water outages for an extended period of time.
The Kakela Makai subdivision is without water.
"I am very concerned about this situation and am working with the Department of Water to provide any assistance needed from our other County departments," said Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. "We are also reaching out to agencies outside the County to determine if other assets are available to assist. Once the problem is adequately diagnosed, please rest assured that we will do everything possible to address the essential water needs of the residents and businesses of Kalaheo."
The DOW's drilling contractor has not yet reached the point of damage to the over 1,000-foot long shaft that was damaged late Saturday night. Both of Kalaheo's water sources are currently out of service and DOW's supplemental backup system is unable to meet demand. There is no foreseeable timeline on when repairs will be made.
The DOW has been working with the Department of Public Works throughout the night to deliver water to the Kalaheo tank sites to temporarily alleviate the water outages. However, the DOW is strongly urging Kalaheo residents and businesses to continue conservation measures until further notice.
Essential needs include cooking, bathing and toilet flushing. Urgent water conservation measures include refraining from car washing, turning off automatic sprinklers and outdoor irrigation systems.
The DOW has provided water buffalos located before the entrance to Kukuiolono Park and on Milia Street in Kakela Makai, for essentials uses. The DOW has also provided a tanker with non-drinkable water located at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, for toilet flushing only. Customers will need to bring their own water containers.
Shower facilities are also available for residents of the Kakela Makai subdivision at the following locations:
- May 28: Hanapepe Stadium from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- May 29 and May 30: Hanapepe Stadium and Vidinha Stadium from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Residents are asked to notify their family, friends and neighbors to heed DOW's urgent water conservation notice. If you are unable to access the water buffalos or tanker, please call 245-5455 for assistance.