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Upcountry Maui drinking water still needs to boil

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Department of Water Supply has canceled the boil water advisory for Upper Kula residents in Waiakoa, Alae, Naalae Road, Waipoli, Polipoli, Waiohuli, and Keokea.

Recent bacteriological tests show no positive results for total coliform for these areas only. The department is continuing to advise Ulupalakua and Kanaio residents and businesses to boil water as a precautionary measure.

The broken waterline earlier this week may have compromised the water quality in the water system. Until water lines in Ulupalakua and Kanaio are completely flushed and laboratory staff can analyze samples to ensure the safety of the water, customers should boil water before consumption.

The Department of Water Supply will inform customers when tests show no bacteria and boiling is no longer needed.

Customers from Ulupalakua to Kanaio should not drink the water from the tap before boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

A potable water tanker remains at Ching Store for customers to fill their own containers.

For more information, please contact the DWS Laboratory at 270-7550 during regular working hours. The DWS 24-hour service line is also available at 270-7633 for water service problems. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the US EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

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