WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County has received approval from the state to begin construction of a water treatment plant which will nearly double the capacity of the existing facility.
Department of Water Supply Director Dave Taylor says a recent settlement allows the county to draw water from Iao Stream, as long as it returns 10 million gallons a day to the stream.
The Maui News reports that new facility would cost $12 to $15 million dollar. Construction could begin next summer and take about two years.
According to documents filed with the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, the new plant will produce about 3.2 million gallons of treated water per day. Once the new plant is completed, the old one will be shut down.