Day-long water shutdown scheduled at Ala Moana Regional Park


Visitors to Ala Moana Regional Park will not have access to running water next Monday, Dec. 19.

From 7 a.m.-5 p.m., water service will be shut off to the entire park as crews install an upgraded irrigation system.

During the shutdown, portable toilets will be available near existing comfort stations throughout the park. However, there will be no temporary shower facilities.

Contractor RMY Construction will make connections to the water supply at four locations within the park. If work wraps early, water service will also be restored ahead of schedule.

“What we’re doing out here at Ala Moana Beach Park is we are providing a new irrigation system that will be a lot more energy-efficient, water-efficient and it will help to cut down on the bills as well,” said Michele Nekota, director of the city Department of Parks and Recreation. “We are trying to hear what the public wants and needs are. I know the public wants a green grass and that’s what they’re going to get from this new irrigation system.”

The configuration of the current irrigation infrastructure includes a patchwork of separate systems that have undergone different levels of maintenance since the 1950s.

The new $2 million system is expected to reduce water usage and billing, while also extending plant life and minimizing maintenance needs.

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