Board of Water Supply crews complete repairs to water main break, all roads reopened

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Board of Water Supply crews have completed repairs to a water main break on Dole Street, and have re-opened all lanes of Dole Street and St. Louis Drive for normal traffic flow.

The Board of Water supply is also asking residents in the St. Louis area to conserve water to allow the water system to recover. Residents are encouraged to limit water usage to cooking and sanitary purposes.

Water has been restored to Palolo, Wilhelmina Rise, Diamond Head and Kaimuki, but residents are being asked to conserve water.

The water main broke happened around 2 a.m. Thursday, shutting down Dole Street near the University of Hawaii at Manoa between East-West Road and St. Louis Drive and cutting water to thousands.

Liholiho Elementary, Palolo Elementary and Jarrett Middle and Waialae Elementary Public Charter schools were closed Thursday because they had no water, but they all re-opened on Friday.

Kathleen Pahinui, of the Board of Water Supply, described the break as "challenging" and asked residents for patience.

At UH-Manoa, residents of some dorms were without water.

"I couldn't use the shower. I couldn't use the sinks. I had to brush my teeth with bottled water," said Caelen McHale, a resident of the Hale Wainani dorms.

Meanwhile, Kapiolani Community College reported low water pressure, but UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said the school remains open and that no classes have been canceled.

He added that the break initially impacted some parts of the UH Manoa campus, but that water has been restored. However, he still urged people to conserve water for the time being. Chaminade University also remains open, officials said.

A water wagon and spigot are available near the intersection of Dole and Frank streets for those who need it. Officials did not have an exact number of how many customers were affected.

This story will be updated.

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