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Board suspends $1.9M contract for Kauai well

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai Board of Water Supply is suspending a $1.9 million contract for a drilled well project.

The board voted Thursday to suspend the Kahili Horizontal Directional Drilled Well Project, even though the first phase is already underway.

The Department of Water says the department is too short-staffed and there's too much uncertainty about monetary savings to justify moving forward.

The department previously said the estimated $60 million project to drill a 12,000-foot-long, high-elevation well would allow access to clean, high-level water at its source.

The Garden Island reports the decision comes two months after an aggressive crowd of more than 100 people took over an informational meeting on the proposal, prompting officials to shut it down before the presentation began.

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