Molokai Irrigation System Water Level
CURRENT WATER LEVEL AS OF: 12/04/2013: 13.0 feet
STATUS: MANDATORY NON-HOMESTEAD WATER CONSERVATION – 30%
Previous water levels:
- 12/03/2013: 13.25 feet
- 12/02/2013: 13.25 feet
- 11/29/2013: 13.25 feet
- 11/27/2013: 14.0 feet
- 11/26/2013: 14.0 feet
- 11/25/2013: 14.0 feet
Consumers of Molokai Irrigation System:
MOLOKAI IRRIGATION SYSTEM INCREASES CONSERVATION MEASURES
FROM PHASE II TO PHASE III, REQUIRING ALL NON-HOMESTEAD WATER USERS TO
CUTBACK WATER CONSUMPTION BY 30%
Effective Sept. 16, 2013
Rainfall totals since the beginning of the year reflect only 42% of normal rainfall for central Molokai.
The Kualapuu Reservoir has been drawn down to 18.0 feet as of this date and we anticipate an additional draw down by the time this notice is distributed. The Molokai Irrigation System (MIS) has determined that water conservation measures are warranted to forestall a water shortage and an interruption of water supply; therefore, pursuant to §4-157 -4, Hawaii Administrative Rules, the present Phase II Conservation Level shall be elevated to a Phase III, Conservation Level effective September 16, 2013, requiring a mandatory 30% cutback in the monthly consumption of irrigation water.
MIS staff will continue to monitor non-homestead water meters for compliance with the mandatory 30% cutbacks. Upon notification of non-compliance, the user shall have five (5) calendar days to comply with the Hawaii Administrative Rules Governing the State of Hawaii Irrigation Systems. Non-compliance may result in additional surcharges for overuse or discontinuance of service if compliance is not maintained.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Oscar Ignacio, Irrigation District Manager, at (808) 567 9656; or Mr. Randy Teruya, Agricultural Asset Manager, toll free, at 1-800-468-4644, extension 3-9478.
HAWAII ADMINISTRATIVE RULES:
Upon declaration and notification of emergency conditions by the M.I.S., mandatory conservation measures may be implemented to avoid shortage or interruption of service.
If the M.I.S. determines that a need for conservation exists, it will implement measures described in §4-157-4, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) below:
§4-157-4, HAR, Conservation measures and interruption of water supply. (a) The department shall exercise reasonable diligence and care to deliver an adequate supply of water to the consumer and to avoid shortage or interruption of water service, whenever possible, but shall not be liable for any interruption, shortage, insufficiency of supply, or any loss or damage occasioned thereby.
(j) Upon declaration of emergency conditions and implementation of mandatory conservation measures (i.e. ten percent, twenty percent, or thirty percent cutbacks), consumers exceeding the level of mandatory cutbacks shall be assesses a surcharge as follows:
(1) Mandatory ten percent conservation – consumers shall be assessed a surcharge of ten cents per thousand gallons of water consumed in excess of ninety percent of their average use as calculated by the administrator-chief engineer;
(2) Mandatory twenty percent conservation – consumers shall be assessed a surcharge of twenty cents per thousand gallons of water consumed in excess of eighty percent of their average use as calculated by the administrator-chief engineer; and
(3) Mandatory thirty percent conservation – consumers shall be assessed a surcharge of thirty cents per thousand gallons of water consumed in excess of seventy percent of their average use as calculated by the administrator-chief engineer.
NOTE: Pursuant to §4-157-12, 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 or if the consumer fails to comply with any of the applicable rules. However, acreage assessments shall continue in spite of the discontinuance of service.
Please contact us at 973-9473, if you have any questions.