Waimea Irrigation Systems Water Levels
CONSERVATION STATUS: MANDATORY 10% WATER CONSERVATION
November 4, 2013
TO: Customers of the Waimea Irrigation System
FROM: Waimea Irrigation System
SUBJECT: Mandatory Water Conservation
As a result of the low rainfall condition over the past several months, the Waimea Irrigation System has commenced pumping water from the Puu Pulehu Reservoir to the Puukapu 60 MG Reservoir for the past several weeks. According to the National Weather Service’s hydrology reports, Kamuela Upper gage reported 11% of normal rainfall and Kamuela I reported a mere 5% of normal. The Kawainui Stream gage reported only 45% of normal flow.
Effective Monday, November 4, 2013, an emergency declaration was announced by the Waimea Irrigation System and requests your cooperation in implementing a mandatory 10% reduction in irrigation water consumption until further notice.
In accordance with §4-157-4, Hawaii Administrative Rules, the Administrator and Chief Engineer may declare emergency conditions and implement conservation measures to forestall a water shortage or interruptions in water service.
The Department of Agriculture has established a “link” to this webpage so water users may track the irrigation system’s availability of irrigation water. The link provides the daily reservoir level, provides 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.
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CURRENT WATER LEVEL as of: 08/29/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/28/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/27/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/26/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/25/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/22/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
- 08/21/2014: 50.0 feet (51.7 MG)
PUU PULEHU RESERVOIR
CURRENT WATER LEVEL as of: 08/29/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/28/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/27/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/26/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/25/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/22/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
- 08/21/2014: 18.5 feet (106.75 MG)
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WAIMEA IRRIGATION SYSTEM – 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 Waimea Irrigation System did not experience negative impacts from Tropical Storm Iselle and the anticipated high winds and heavy rainfall did not materialize sparing the Waimea District. However, high winds at the higher elevations where the system’s intakes are located were slightly affected by fallen trees, branches and windblown debris, which will be cleared by staff in the coming days.