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Measuring Honolulu's water levels

Dean Nakano Dean Nakano

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - As we approach the summer months, we also enter the dry season.

For the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, it's a time to remind residents to use water wisely.

So we take a look at how they keep an eye on our precious resource.

Water crews monitor 20 wells across Oahu, including one at Thomas Square.

"Kenny does a very important job for us because it's with this kind of data that the BWS can continue to monitor our aquifer conditions and see where we are," said Dean Nakano with the Board of Water Supply.

Kenny, who constantly monitors wells, drops down a tape that buzzes when it reaches the water.

"The data is important to developing a historical trend so we can see from a weekly to monthly basis just how the consumption is going," said Nakano.

On average, BWS pumps about 155 million gallons of water everyday. Although it's been warm and dry lately, Oahu isn't suffering from a drought. Officials say water levels are good.

"Use water wisely, use as much as you need but don't waste any water," said Nakano.

Here are some tips to help you: check for leaks in your plumbing fixtures and toilets; don't water lawns between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and water just 2-3 times a week; take shorter showers; don't let the faucet run and put a nozzle on your garden hose.

These simple steps could go a long way during the dry season, which runs through September.

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