State roundup for November 12
Maui water plant cuts production
OLINDA, Maui (AP) — Maui water officials have drastically reduced production at the Olinda Water Treatment Facility after recent dry weather left reservoirs almost dry.
As of Friday, the 30 million-gallon Waikamoi reservoirs had only 500,000 gallons, and the 100 million-gallon Kahakapao reservoirs had just 33.1 million gallons.
The county Department of Water Supply’s administrative officer says those levels aren’t enough to support full production at the Olinda plant, which normally provides water to upper Kula residents.
The U.S. Geological Survey said earlier this week that rainfall on Maui in October was the third lowest on record since 1928. Their report also said that Puu Kukui — deep in the watershed in the West Maui Mountains — recorded below-average rainfall in seven of the last 12 months.
The water department has reminded Upcountry businesses and residents to conserve water until the winter rains can replenish the reservoirs.
Crews battle, contain 2 blazes
HONOLULU (AP) — Firefighters have contained two brush fires on Oahu, including a fast-moving blaze in Ewa Beach that drew 40 firefighters to contain the flames.
A Honolulu Fire Department spokesman says that fire was reported around 3 p.m. Saturday near Hoomaka Street and Iroquois Road.
Capt. Gary Lum tells said that crews had no access to fire hydrants in the area but were able to get the blaze under control after about three hours.
Lum says the brush fire was moving toward homes but no structures were threatened and no evacuations were called for.
The fire department did not have an estimate of how much land had burned.
Another brush fire was reported Saturday afternoon near White Plains Beach, but crews quickly contained it.
Flare mistaken for ordnance
HONOLULU (AP) — A military explosives team was called to a Honolulu beach Saturday morning after volunteers cleaning up trash suspected they’d found an unexploded ordnance.
A spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department says the military investigators determined the device was a flare used during training that had not gone off.
The military flare was found near the Kahuku Golf course.
Capt. Gary Lum says the flare is used as a marker on the ocean or during nighttime exercises.
Lum says the military removed the device and took it to Schofield Barracks to be destroyed.
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