For immediate release: Sept. 22, 2015
Press release by:
Councilmember Gladys Baisa, Chair
Water Resources Committee
Iao water treatment facility storage and infrastructure advances in council
WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Water Resources Committee on Wednesday recommended adoption of a resolution approving land purchase agreements for the expansion of the Iao Water Treatment Facility and development of Wailuku Well 1, Committee Chair Gladys Baisa announced today.
“This agreement is good news for our residents as it will help increase water availability and the county’s storage capacity in Central Maui,” Baisa said. “The improvements will replace the infamous Shaft 33 – an aging structure at retirement condition that has presented dangerous situations for our personnel.
“Replacement of the shaft will prevent disastrous loss of water, which officials have been concerned about for many years.”
The resolution advances to the full council on Oct. 6.
The agreement is for the purchase of 4.31 acres in Wailuku for three parcels at $943,984 from landowner RCFC Kehalani, LLC.
According to the Water Director, the project will increase water source capacity from 1.5 to 3.2 million gallons per day.
A two-million-gallon water tank is also included in the agreement, which will be constructed by RCFC Kehalani and Maui Lani Partners.
The Water Director anticipates the project will be completed within two years.
“I look forward to working with the department and the community to facilitate approvals for this project,” said Baisa.
A copy of a presentation from the Water Director, which includes land acquisition maps and regional improvement plans, is available on MauiCounty.us/wr.
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