Upcountry Maui property owners who have been waiting years for water service could soon be getting water meters.
The Maui News reports the county's Department of Water Supply announced Wednesday it has started issuing Upcountry water meters.
Lower Kula resident Alfred Medeiros says that will allow him to move forward with a 10-home subdivision project. He says the project will also provide lots of jobs.
The department will take requests for meters in the order of a priority list.
Mayor Alan Arakawa says the new meters will bring relief to families who have been on the list for a generation.
Water Supply Director Dave Taylor says the Upcountry water system will remain primarily dependent on surface water sources. He asks that applicants remain patient and wait to be contacted.