Some serious water worries on Kauai have hundreds of homes running dry. The problem is made even worse because the County says there's no end in sight.
The trouble started late Saturday after the area's primary well and backup well went offline. Now, 1,600 homes in the Kalaheo area should be prepared for a long water outage and low water pressure as crews work to determine whether a shaft is damaged.
145 homes are completely without water.
Student Ben Murray says it's been a challenging situation.
"I wake up and I can't brush my teeth or shower or anything like that," said Murray. "I had to just go to school. We had like a little bit of water in the hose, but that was it. So, I brushed my teeth and I was out of there for school."
When he got home from school, he and his mom, Mindy Murray, got to work.
"[I] can't stand the dirty dishes, gotta flush the toilet," said Mindy. "I brought my son and we grabbed whatever buckets we could find and we went to the water up the hill."
The family and their neighbors could be doing that for a while because workers have to identify the source of the problem.
"We assume the shaft of the well is broken based on the characteristics of how the pump was reacting. Our contractors are currently pulling the 1,000 foot long shaft at this moment, but they have not reached the point of damage," said Kim Tamaoka, Public Relations Specialist for the Department of Water.
145 homes in the Kakela Makai subdivision are completely without water, including Marshall Aviguetero.
"It's really, really complicated and it takes time because I don't have a tanker. I have like eight horses and 12 dogs and they need water," said Aviguetero.
The county has set up water wagons and he's filled up twice already in the day. He is planning four more trips to get through the night, but all that driving adds up.
"It's the bad part, not having water. Then it's another bad part that you have to spend money just to get water when your faucet is right there at your fingertips," said Aviguetero.
Shower facilities are available for residents affected in the Kakela Makai subdivision.
On Thursday and Friday, shower facilities will be open at the Hanapepe and Vidinha Stadiums from 6 a.m. to 2:30-p.m. and then again from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Residents will have to bring their own towels and toiletries.