As required by the State Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Water Supply (DWS) is informing the public of the continued use of Wakiu Well C, the new water source for the Wakiu area, Hana School, Hana Medical Center, Wainapanapa area, and Uakea Road. As of December 14, 2016, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) approved of the use of the new Wakiu Well C as an emergency water source.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS NOTICE IS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. THE WATER FROM THIS SOURCE CONTINUES TO BE SAFE TO DRINK, HOWEVER PER DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REGULATIONS, WE MUST PUT OUT A PUBLIC NOTICE SUCH AS THIS ONE EVERY 30 DAYS THAT WE CONTINUE TO USE THIS EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE.
Wakiu Well C was already developed and scheduled to open, pending completion of the DOH New Source approval process. However, due to pumping issues and low pressure being experienced with the current well in the Wakiu area, the Wakiu Well C was put into use sooner than expected.
The DOH finished reviewing the well’s engineering report and determined that the submitted water quality meets State and Federal drinking water regulations and is safe to drink. The report is now undergoing a review by inter-agencies that consider hydrological and geological factors, along with surrounding land uses and existing infrastructure in the well’s area of influence. Full approval for the use of the well is anticipated in late February 2017.
Water samples have been and will be taken two times a month or more if needed to ensure that the quality of water meets all Federal and State regulations. Based on DOH regulations, the DWS is required to immediately inform consumers of any problems discovered through future testing. This DOH requirement is consistent with DSWS operations.
If you have questions regarding water quality, please call the Department of Water Supply Laboratory for more information at 270-7550 and leave a message with your questions and call back contact information. The Laboratory hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Please call the 24-hour service line at 270-7633 if any other water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.