Janurary 15, 2014 - USDA Designates 2 Counties in Hawaii as Primary Natural Disaster Areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawaii County, Maui County, and Kalawao County as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.
December 30, 2013 - Water Restriction Downgraded to Water Conservation Notice Effective Immediately. Due to recent rainfall, the Department of Water Supply is downgrading the Water Restriction in the affected area to Water Conservation effective immediately. Affected area: FROM WAIMEA DOWN TO, BUT NOT INCLUDING KAWAIHAE VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, WAIMEA AIRPORT, LALAMILO FARM LOTS, AND PUUKAPU-HONOKAIA-NIENIE AREAS; SOUTH KOHALA, HAWAII.
November 13, 2013 - Drought Cancelled for Upcountry Maui. Maui County DWS lifts its request for voluntary water use cutbacks. Recent heavy rains have increased reservoirs to safe levels and the weather forecast indicates more rainfall.
November 8, 2013 - County of Hawaii DWS Requires Customers Reduce Water Consumption by 25% in Waimea, South Kohala. Due to continuing dry weather conditions, the Department of Water Supply is the affected area under WATER RESTRICTION effective immediately. Affected area: FROM WAIMEA DOWN TO, BUT NOT INCLUDING KAWAIHAE VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, WAIMEA AIRPORT, LALAMILO FARM LOTS, AND PUUKAPU-HONOKAIA-NIENIE AREAS; SOUTH KOHALA, HAWAII.
November 8, 2013 - 2013/2014 Hawaii Wet Season Outlook Released. National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office issues its outlook for the wet season (October 2013 through April 2014). The release also summarizes this year's dry season (May - September 2013) moisture conditions.
October 30, 2013 - DWS Urges 20% Water Reduction Upcountry. Due to continued extremely dry weather conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs, Upcountry residents are urged to voluntarily cut back water usage by 20%. The affected area includes Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Haliimaile, Pukalani, Omaopio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio. If the Department cannot maintain reservoir levels, customers may be subject to mandatory restrictions with the penalty of meter removal, and in addition, may be charged with a violation, and upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of $500 for each violation.
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Drought Information Update
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Water and Energy Saving Tips
Public Service Announcements
Drought (Wildfire Version A), "Use an Ashtray" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Drought (Wildfire Version B), "Watch for Sparks" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Drought (Conservation Version), "Irrigate Wisely" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Source: Hawaii Drought Council; Mahalo to Clifford Inn (video) and John Cummings (voiceover)