Molokai Irrigation System Water Level

CURRENT WATER LEVEL AS OF:  9/23/2016: 42.25 feet

STATUS:  VOLUNTARY NON-HOMESTEAD WATER CONSERVATION – 10%

Previous water levels:  

  • 9/22/2016: 42.50 feet
  • 9/21/2016: 42.50 feet
  • 9/20/2016: 42.50 feet
  • 9/19/2016: 42.50 feet
  • 9/16/2016: 42.50 feet
  • 9/15/2016: 42.25 feet
  • 9/14/2016: 42.0 feet
  • 9/13/2016: 41.50 feet

SYSTEM STATUS UPDATE – July 1, 2016

 

TO:         All Irrigation System Customers

FROM:   Brian Kau, P.E,
Administrator and Chief Engineer
Agricultural Resource Management Division

SUBJECT: Summer and Fall 2016 Forecast

The National Weather Service is predicting a continuing trend for development of La Nina conditions around the state.  Traditionally La Nina conditions were favorable for a wetter than normal wet season (October – April).  However, recent La Nina events have not necessarily followed that pattern.  Recent La Nina events (since roughly the 1990s) have been trending toward drier wet seasons with fewer cold fronts and Kona lows. Therefore, the forecast for the 2016 summer and fall has a high degree of uncertainty at this time.  Leeward sides of the islands may experience drier than normal conditions while windward sides may experience slightly wetter conditions.

Although reservoir levels are currently high, a prolonged dry spell can quickly bring the levels down.  Therefore, the Department of Agriculture strongly suggests that all irrigation system customers consider this information when planting for this summer and fall, keeping in mind that irrigation water service may be affected should conservation measures be necessary.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to call 973-9473.

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April 29, 2015

TO:                  All Non-Homestead Water Users

FROM:           Brian Kau, P.E,

Administrator and Chief Engineer

                        Agricultural Resource Management Division

SUBJECT:     10% Voluntary Water Conservation

Molokai Irrigation System

Recent rainfall over the past month has contributed to raising the Kualapuu Reservoir level to 35.5 feet.  The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have indicated that a cold front is expected through the islands in the next week and will help to ease some of the drought conditions, however, areas of drought persists, especially in central/leeward sections of Molokai.  Also, please be mindful that we are approaching the summer months which historically have been very dry periods.

The Kualapuu Reservoir gained approximately five and half feet of storage during this period and stands at 35.5 feet as of this date compared to 30.0 feet for the same time last year.  The Molokai Irrigation System (MIS) “cautiously” upgrades the current Phase I, Mandatory 10% Conservation Measures pursuant to §4-157-4, Hawaii Administrative Rules, to a voluntary 10% reduction in water consumption effective immediately for all non-homestead customers.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Oscar Ignacio, Jr. Irrigation District Manager, at (808) 567-9656 or Mr. Randy Teruya, Agricultural Asset Manager, at (808) 973-9478.

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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.