July 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. HST
* Updated July 3 at 11:39 a.m.
The County Water Supply Department is advising the public of hydrant flow tests taking place this week at two locations on the Big Island.
The first throughput test is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 at midnight and 1 a.m. in Kawaihae Port along the Akoni Pule Expressway. The flow test will affect water customers in the port area, from the entrance on Kawaihae Road up to and including Kaewa Place, and all secondary roads and thoroughfares.
The second flow test will take place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 7, along Nowelo Street in Hilo. The test will affect water customers along the roadway, above and below Komohana Street and up to the University of Hawaii Hawaiian Language Building, including all roads and lanes secondary.
Customers in affected areas may experience slightly discolored and cloudy water for several hours after flow tests. Guests are advised to refrain from washing clothes and store a container of water for drinking purposes until the water supply is restored.
“Please forgive this temporary inconvenience,” said a press release from the Ministry of Water Supply.
Anyone who encounters unusual problems during or after the flushing period on Nowelo Street can call District Supervisor Carl Nishimura at 808-961-8790. Anyone experiencing unusual problems after the flow test flush period in Kawaihae Harbor can call District Supervisor William O’Neil Jr. at 808-887-3030.