On Kauai, the Department of Water (DOW) is reminding Kilauea residents that a 9-hour water shutdown is scheduled from 8 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Friday.
Kilauea customers, from Kahili Makai Street to Kalihiwai Road, will have no water service during the shutdown.
Additionally, there may be low water pressure or intermittent water outages for nearby Waipake residents from Kahili Makai Street to Kapuna Road, and Kalihiwai residents on Kahiliholo Road.
All Kilauea residents are urged to take the following steps:
- Store enough water to meet your needs during the shutdown.
- Notify family, friends and neighbors that may be affected by the shutdown.
- Those with faulty water heaters should ensure that water heaters do not empty during the shutdown.
- Those with low water pressure should conserve water until the shutdown is completed. Water conservation measures include using water only for drinking and sanitation purposes, and turning off any automatic sprinklers and outdoor irrigation systems.
- Drive with caution and allow extra travel time while proceeding through the construction area.
- The DOW will provide two water buffaloes for essential water needs at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center during this scheduled shutdown. Customers will need to bring their own water containers.
The DOW is also advising all residents in the Waipake, Kilauea and Kalihiwai areas on what to expect when the water main is turned back on.
After the connection is completed and water is turned back on, it is highly possible that existing sediment in the line could get stirred up and appear brown in color as it comes through a home’s water system. If this occurs, water should be flushed out through an outside hose bib until it is clear.
Additionally, air could be mixed into the water causing it to appear white or milky in color. This is also normal and the air in the water will eventually dissipate.
The 9-hour water shutdown will allow the DOW’s contractor, Earthworks Pacific Inc., to connect a new water main which will provide water system improvements to the Kilauea Elementary School area.
The DOW will send out any changes or updates via the Connect CTY notification system and online here.
For more information, call the DOW at 245-5455.