Drought forces residents to cut back on water usage

Cliff Lum
Cliff Lum
Kevin Kodama
Kevin Kodama

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KAHALUU (KHNL) - It's a plea for Windward Oahu residents to cut back on water consumption.

The two water sources in Windward Oahu -- Punaluu and the one we visited Friday at Waihee are both very low. It's causing some to start taking steps toward conserving.

It's mapped out and they're taking action. honolulu board of water supply experts say an unusually dry spring, combined with a dry summer are responsible for our current drought.

Hydrologists say what makes matters worse is what's in store for us in the very near future.

"Unfortunately, long-term prediction is that we're looking for below normal rainfall conditions and so that's not good news and so it's wise on the part of the board to take preventative measures," National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama said.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened.

"The most recent was back in 2003, that was much more drastic act on our part, we're asking for island-wide reductions, that was at the end of five to six consecutive years of drought," The Board of Water Supply manager Cliff Lum said.

Officials say people should cut down on using water by around 10 percent. That's equivalent to turning off the water when brushing your teeth.

Affected residents like Faiva Tautuiaki are getting ready for the worst.

"I think I'm scared, a little scared for my family, my kids and everything, so I think we should be aware, they should prepare something else in case of these types of emergencies," she said. "Really concerned, water is one of the most things we need around here, so if there's going to be a drought, we should have a lot of water stored away."

A gushing problem that residents like Tautuiaki can fix by cutting down their flow of water.

Board of Water Supply officials say people should only water lawns three days a week: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.