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Maui calling for voluntary upcounty water use cuts

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - County officials are calling for a 10 percent voluntary cutback on water usage in upcountry Maui for the next two to three months because reservoir water levels have dipped.

The Maui News reports upcountry reservoir levels were at nearly 79 million gallons as of Wednesday. Customer demand was estimated to be about 6 million gallons per day.

The county isn't in a drought.

But officials say the county must have a well-thought out plan to cope in case reservoir levels keep declining.

The current drought plan mandates that customers using more than 12,000 gallons per month cut usage by 20 percent or pay a $500 penalty.

The Department of Water Supply is pushing for a system that would allow higher water rates during a drought or water shortage.

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