The Department of Water Supply (DWS) is declaring a Stage 1 water shortage in the Upcountry district due to reduced surface water flow and an ongoing dry weather forecast for the summer and fall. The Stage 1 water shortage will be effective Tuesday, July 18, 2017. At Stage 1, the water rates remain the same.
By law, the Director of Water Supply, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to declare a water shortage whenever the water supply becomes inadequate in any area in the County due to a period of drought, an infrastructure or mechanical malfunction, natural disaster, or other event causing a water shortage. A Stage 1 water shortage exists if the Director determines that anticipated water demand in an area is projected to exceed available water supply by one to fifteen percent.
Due to the declaration of a Stage 1 water shortage, all Upcountry water consumers are asked to conserve water and to avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice. Water conservation measures taken now could prevent the progression to a Stage 2 or 3 water shortage. Some friendly tips on conserving water are as follows:
The Department of Water Supply thanks its customers for its cooperation and understanding. For general water information, visit www.mauiwater.org