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Kauai residents under 'Boil Water Advisory'

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a Boil Water Advisory as a precautionary measure for all Hanamaulu and Lihue residents until further notice. Puhi is not included in the advisory.

Residents with noticeable brown water are advised to use the following procedure:

• Flush your outdoor water hoses and faucets until the water appears clear.

• When water is clear, flush for another 30 minutes.

• Once water is clear, heat your water to a rolling boil for 1-3 minutes.

• Let your water stand until cool, and water will be safe to use for drinking and cooking.

The DOW also recommends that if you have an ice maker, you should shut it off and discard all ice. If you have a water purification system, we suggest shutting it down to avoid clogging the filter.

The DOW is currently conducting tests for microbial contamination, and results of this test will be available Friday. Residents and businesses will be notified when the results are available via press release and Connect CTY notification service. To sign up for this service, visit www.kauai.gov or call Civil Defense at 241-1800.

The DOW and its contractors were working on waterline improvements to Hoomana Road, Wednesday night. When DOW personnel turned the water back on, it disturbed the existing system and created a brown water and air mixture that was released into the neighboring service areas.

The DOW began flushing mains in the Lihue area Wednesday night, to remove the brown water.

The DOW thanks the public for their patience and cooperation, and apologizes for this inconvenience.

Updates will be posted as new information becomes available on the DOW’s Facebook page www.facebok.com/KauaiDOW and the County of Kauai’s press release page on www.kauai.gov. If you have any questions, please call 245-5455.

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