Molokai Irrigation System Water Level

CURRENT WATER LEVEL AS OF:  4/17/2015:  35.50 feet

STATUS:  MANDATORY NON-HOMESTEAD WATER CONSERVATION – 10%

Previous water levels:  

  • 4/16/2015:  35.50 feet
  • 4/15/2015:  35.50 feet
  • 4/14/2015:  35.50 feet
  • 4/13/2015:  35.50 feet
  • 4/09/2015:  35.75 feet
  • 4/08/2015:  35.75 feet
  • 4/07/2015:  35.75 feet

SYSTEM STATUS UPDATE – January 12, 2015

TO:                  All Non-Homestead Water Users

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

SUBJECT:     10% Mandatory Water Conservation
Molokai Irrigation System

Recent rainfall in November and December has contributed to raising the Kualapuu Reservoir level to 32 feet.  The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have indicated that several cold fronts passed through the islands in the past couple of weeks and helped to ease some of the drought conditions, however, areas of drought persists, especially in central/leeward sections of Molokai.

The Kualapuu Reservoir gained approximately five feet of storage during this period and stands at 32.0 feet as of this date compared to 15.25 feet for the same time last year.  The Molokai Irrigation System (MIS) “cautiously” downgrades the current Phase II, Conservation Measures pursuant to §4-157-4, Hawaii Administrative Rules, to a Phase I, Conservation Level that will be implemented effective immediately, requiring a mandatory 10% cutback in the monthly consumption of irrigation water for all non-homestead customers.

MIS staff will continue to monitor non-homestead water meters for compliance with the 10% 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, 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.