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the notice to water users:
WAIMEA IRRIGATION SYSTEM
CURRENT WATER LEVEL AS OF 02/07/2007: 50.00 feet (51.7 MG)
STATUS: CAUTIONARY LOW - VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION - 10% CUTBACK
Consumers of Waimea Irrigation System:
As a result of Sunday’s earthquake, the Waimea Irrigation System has sustained considerable damage to the water intake structures and possibly the ditches and tunnels, which convey irrigation water to the Waimea 60 MG Reservoir for storage. The reservoir is currently at 47 feet and consumption has averaged approximately half a million gallons per day. Therefore, as a preemptive measure, effective immediately, we are implementing a cautionary 10% voluntary cutback of irrigation water use as reestablishing a consistent flow may take several months.
This notice is provided to our customers so you may start planning for water conservation measures to be implemented. Please consider your irrigation requirements for the upcoming months as the declining availability of water will require the implementation of further conservation measures.
Upon notification by the Waimea Irrigation System, the following restrictions will be implemented in phases as the reservoir approaches pre-determined levels.
PHASE I - Cautionary Low – Mandatory Water Conservation – 10% Cutback
PHASE II - Mandatory Water Conservation – 20% Cutback
PHASE III - Critical Low – Mandatory Water Conservation – 30% Cutback
NOTE: Pursuant to §4-157-4, Conservation Measures and interruption of service, upon declaration of emergency conditions and implementation of mandatory conservation measures, consumers exceeding the level of mandatory cutback will be assessed a surcharge of one-cent ($0.01) per thousand gallons of water consumed in excess of the stated mandatory conservation measure (i.e. 10%, 20% or 30%). Further, pursuant to §4-157-12, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Discontinuance of service, water service may be refused or discontinued by the department if the water bill has not been paid within thirty days after the mailing or presentation thereof to the consumer. However, acreage assessments shall continue in spite of the discontinuance of service.
The Department of Agriculture has established this website so you may track the irrigation system’s availability of irrigation water. The link will provide the daily reservoir level, provide National Weather Service information and staff’s comments on the condition of the irrigation system.
Please contact us, toll free, at 974-4000, extension 3-9473, if you have any questions.