KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> All residents in North Kona have been ordered to restrict water use and cease all irrigation after another well went down on the Big Island, bringing Hawaii County Department of Water Supply’s total number of downed wells to five.
West Hawaii Today reports the department wants water restricted immediately and also plans to begin “actively restricting specific accounts due to exorbitant water use.”
Department Manager and Chief Engineer, Keith Okamoto, says the emergency restriction is likely to continue through the next couple of weeks. He says a spare pump is on its way to the site.
The well had just been repaired a few months ago. Okamoto calls the situation “catastrophic.”
The mayor’s office recommends residents store 5-10 gallons (19-38 liters) of water for basic household needs.