“Do not drink” advisory lifted for Wainiha and Haena residents

Water service outage for a portion of Haena and Weke Road in Hanalei

The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for all Wainiha and Haena customers as of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Officials have completed the required water quality assessments to the affected systems to determine that water services for the Wainiha and Haena systems are safe for drinking, cooking and normal consumption.

“It was important to conduct and complete assessments for the Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei systems in order to ensure safe water quality before lifting the ‘Do not drink’ advisory. We thank our customers for their patience and cooperation during this process,” said Steve Kyono, DOW’s acting manager and chief engineer. “We are committed to the Department’s compliance of State and Federal regulations in order to continue to provide safe drinking water to the people of Kauai.”

DOW also announces a water service outage for customers located on a portion of Kuhio Highway, from the Manoa Stream to the Limahuli Stream area in Haena, until further notice, due to reports of a mainline break in the area. Additionally, DOW crews have reported extensive damages to the mainline on Weke Road that has resulted in a continued water service outage affecting customers located on Weke Road; between Pilikoa Street and the Makai-end of Weke Road in Hanalei, until further notice.

As a courtesy, two trailer-mounted water tanks containing potable water are available for residents and guests that are currently without water services. One tank is stationed at YMCA’s Camp Naue located at 7420 Kuhio Highway in Hanalei and the other is located near the intersection of Weke Road and Pilikoa Street in Hanalei. Residents must bring their own water containers.

DOW crews will continue to conduct damage assessments, routine water samplings, maintenance and repairs of the Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei systems in addition to its other water systems around the island.

DOW is working with the Kauai Emergency Management Agency to assess and monitor weather situations closely. Updates affecting water services will be issued as new information is available.

To monitor updates online visit the Department of Water and County of Kauai’s facebook pages at www.facebook.com/KauaiDOW and www.facebook.com/countyofkauai.

To sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, please go to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov/KEMA or by calling KEMA at 241-1800.