Kauai water line repairs could take 4 to 6 weeks

KALAHEO, Hawaii (AP) - The Department of Water on Kauai says that a full restoration of water services there could take four to six weeks to complete.

Water officials told The Garden Island Thursday that residents in the Kalaheo area need to conserve water.

Department Spokeswoman Kim Tamaoka says about 2,000 homes and businesses are having intermittent bouts of low pressure or outages.

The area's primary well and deep backup well are out of service. Crews are repairing a 1,000-foot shaft that was damaged Saturday night and trying to find the location of the damage. They installed a temporary pipeline that should improve water service early next week.

Residents were urged to use water only for essential uses like cooking, bathing and toilet flushing. Residents without water can take showers at local stadiums.

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