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WATER PLAN 2020
Kauai Department of Water and members of the Water Board have
completed a 20 year plan known as Water Plan 2020. This is a comprehensive, long range planning effort, to
ensure that we continue to provide safe, affordable and sufficient
drinking water in the 21st century for our community.
The plan reviews existing facilities, and service standards
and provides an outline for new and replacement facilities, a capital
improvement program for the next 5-7 years,
a financial plan, and a rate study.
Department of Water operates 9 separate, unconnected water
systems spread out along our island from Kekaha to
Haena. Pumping water from
50 underground wells and tunnels and storing
it in 58 tanks, DOW delivers water to approximately 21,000 accounts through 400+
miles of pipeline. Many of the water systems date back to the plantation era,
and some pipelines are 80-100 years old.
Plan 2020 is focused on potable water, used for drinking and fire
protection. It addresses
the sources, infrastructure, and funding needed to deliver potable
water. The plan will not
cover issues involving water for agriculture, stream standards, and watershed
management. These issues
are the focus of other state and local planning and regulatory
are also offering the presentations to community organizations. To schedule a presentation or for brochures, contact Jonell
Kaohelaulii, Public Relations, at 808-245-5455. For questions about the project itself,
contact the Project Manager at 808-245-5417.