The Maui County Department of Water Supply reports this morning that a boil water advisory has been lifted for Upcountry residents of Middle Road, Kula Highway at Keokea, Thompson Road and Ulupalakua. They no longer need to boil water for consumption.
However, the boil water advisory continues for residents of Waipoli and Polipoli roads were daily laboratory testing of water samples shows traces of E. coli bacteria, despite water department personnel flushing the waterlines and treating them with chlorine. The department also has conducted additional testing and residents of a portion of Lower Kula Road between Naalae and Waipoli roads are now advised to boil water as a precaution until further notice.
The department has posted answers to frequently asked questions on its website at https://www.mauicounty.gov/126/Department-of-Water-Supply
The boil water advisory will not be completely lifted until daily water sample testing shows that tap water meets public health standards.
Affected residents are advised to use bottled water or bring water for consumption to a boil and let it boil for a minute. Let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation and showering until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms possibly in water.
The Department of Water Supply reminds Upcountry residents and businesses that if they did not lose water service during the Dec. 5-6 storm, then their water has not been affected. If they lost water service and they reside on or near areas where E. coli/total coliform are present, then they should continue to boil water as a precaution.
Potable water tankers are currently located in the following areas: Fong Store, Ching Store, Ulupalakua Ranch Office, Kula Community Center, Rice Park, Silversword Condo (above Kula Lodge), Copp Road at Kula Highway and Bully’s Burgers.
As the process of flushing waterlines and taking water samples for testing continues, it is important to remember that it takes about 24 hours to get water sample test results.
The department will update customers daily via the department’s website at https://www.mauicounty.gov/126/Department-of-Water-Supply as the results of water sample testing are available. The department will inform customers when tests show no bacteria and boiling is no longer needed.
For more information, please contact Adam Mundy at (808) 270-8046. The department’s 24-hour service line is also available at (808) 270-7633 for water service problems. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the US EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791. For more information on the EPA and Safe Drinking Water Act, visit epa.gov/sdwa.