Low rainfall prompts call for water conservation in windward Oahu

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Due to the lack of rainfall this spring, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply is asking all Windward Oahu residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 10% or 50 gallons a day for an average single family of four.

The guideline takes effect on Sunday, August 31, until further notice and applies to all government agencies, businesses and residents on Windward Oahu from Hauula to Makapuu.

The BWS is requesting that non-potable water customers and private well users also comply with the restriction in the spirit of public cooperation.

"BWS's key Windward sources, such as Punalu`u and Waihe`e, are showing signs of stress and pumpage must be reduced to ensure the long term health and sustainability of these critical water resources," said BWS Manager and Chief Engineer, Cliff Lum.

Here are some simple ways a Windward Oahu family of four can save much more than the requested 350 gallons of water per week:

154 gallons - by cutting two minutes off showers

308 gallons - by turning off the water while brushing your teeth

462 gallons of water saved every week

BWS officials say cutting back on overall water demand will allow Windward wells to build up storage again and prevent over pumpage.