Update on North Kona Emergency Water Restriction — Limited Hand Watering of Plants is Okay

North Kona Emergency Water Restriction

The Emergency Water Restriction for North Kona remains in effect. ALL residents and customers in
North Kona must continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs (drinking, cooking, and
hygiene purposes).

Due to a significant level of overall compliance, water levels in the tanks have remained stable. The
Department appreciates the community’s efforts to restrict water use during this time. Therefore, the
following is an update on irrigation under the current Emergency Water Restriction.
Limited hand watering of precious plants, on occasion, is acceptable.
Use of sprinklers (manual or automatic) for lawns and grass areas is still prohibited.

For other unique situations, please contact the Department to discuss possible options. Suggested best
practices for hand watering plants are:
Water at night to reduce evaporation.
Use of County’s free mulch to preserve moisture around plants. Visit the County’s website at:
http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/greenwaste/ for more information.
Use of recycled water from downspouts, washing machines, washing dishes, and shower “warm
up” water is also encouraged.
Do not over-water plants.

Without everyone’s continued cooperation, there will be areas that will experience periodic loss of water
service or lower water pressures. We also recommend that residents store a sufficient amount of water
for basic household needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes, in the event of service
disruptions.

For your use, potable water can be obtained from a water tanker located on Hina Lani Street between
Anini Street and Manu Mele Street as well as water spigots on a fire hydrant along Ane Keohokalole
Highway, between Kealakehe Parkway and Kealakehe High School. Please bring your own drinking
water containers to fill.

For more information visit our website at www.hawaiidws.org. To report any observed wasteful use of
water, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org. For after hour
emergencies call us at 961-8790.