Molokai Irrigation System Water Level
CURRENT WATER LEVEL AS OF: 08/29/2014: 28.50 feet
STATUS: MANDATORY NON-HOMESTEAD WATER CONSERVATION – 20%
Previous water levels:
- 08/28/2014: 28.50 feet
- 08/27/2014: 28.50 feet
- 08/26/2014: 28.50 feet
- 08/25/2014: 28.50 feet
- 08/22/2014: 28.50 feet
- 08/21/2014: 28.50 feet
SYSTEM STATUS UPDATE – August 22, 2014
Tropical Storm Iselle caused substantial damage to county infrastructure in Puna and Kau Districts on the Island of Hawaii leaving many residents without electricity and water. Fortunately, the other islands in the chain were not heavily impacted, except for isolated pockets affected by high winds and heavy rainfall.
The Molokai Irrigation System did not experience any negative impacts from Tropical Storm Iselle. Heavy rainfall in Waikolu Valley increased the water flow through the Waikolu Water Tunnel and prevented staff from accessing the valley, however, it subsided after a day or two. Water level in the Kualapuu Reservoir increased by 0.25 feet.
ATTENTION: MIS NON-HOMESTEAD CUSTOMERS
As a result of the recent heavy rainfall, the Kualapuu Reservoir has recovered to about 25.75 feet as of Monday, 3/31/14. The Agricultural Resource Management Division has determined that the reservoir has recovered sufficiently to change the water conservation measures from 30% to 20%, effective immediately. We continue to ask all customers to actively conserve water use by reducing your normal consumption by 20%.
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.