Repairs Underway on Keahuolu Deepwell

The Department of Water Supply’s Keahuolu Deepwell remains out of service Friday afternoon.

DWS officials report that the deepwell is currently under repair.

Residents in the North Kona area are requested to continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs (drinking, cooking and hygiene purposes) only. Irrigation activities should cease.

Troubleshooting above ground equipment Thursday indicated that the problem occurred underground.

DWS’s contractor is currently on site and the extraction of pump and motor began Friday. There is a spare pump and motor for this well, which is currently on site, according to DWS. Based on this information, the repairs are anticipated to be completed within a week and a half.

Adjustments were made to the water system to provide customers a minimum level of water service; and thus far, there were no reports of loss of water service, officials say.

As of Friday afternoon, DWS has suspended service to all temporary service and irrigation accounts. In addition, DWS will be actively restricting specific accounts due to exorbitant water use.

Potable water distribution stations are available at the following locations:

– Ane Keohokalole Hwy., between Kealakehe Parkway and Kealakehe High School

– Hina Lani between Anini Street and Manu Merle Street