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BWS asks for 10% reduction by summer to avoid mandatory water restrictions

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The Board of Water Supply is again urging Oʻahu residents and businesses to reduce their water use by 10%.

The contamination from the Red Hill fuel storage facility and subsequent closure of BWS wells has reduced the island’s water supply.

"It’s voluntary for now. Depending on how it looks as we go into the summer, we may have to move to more mandatory restrictions — but that will be handled and approved by our Board of Directors," said BWS spokesperson Kathleen Pahinui.

Pahinui says the last time BWS implemented a mandatory water restriction was in the 90s during a prolonged drought.

Water can be conserved at home by taking shorter showers and only doing full loads of laundry. Watch out for leaky faucets.

Restaurants are advised to only refill water when asked.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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