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Resort employees encouraged to attend water reuse readiness workshop

By Staff | Mar 28, 2013

The workshop will include a tour of the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility. Photo by Liz Foote.

HONOKOWAI – The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) will offer a water reuse readiness workshop for West Maui resort and condominium properties on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility and Honua Kai Resort & Spa.

Advanced registration is required.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce an effort to assist West Maui properties in their transition to reclaimed (R1) water.

The intended audience is management, engineering and landscaping departments of West Maui properties – primarily those next in line to receive access to reclaimed water once key improvements to the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are implemented.

These properties include Maui Kaanapali Villas, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort, International Colony Club, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Hyatt Regency Maui, Kaanapali Alii, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui Marriott, The Westin Maui, The Whaler, Kaanapali Royal, The Sheraton Maui, Papakea, Kaanapali Shores, Kaanapali Beach Vacation Resort, Maui Kai and The Mahana.

The workshop will offer information on the technical aspects of transitioning a property to reclaimed water, such as irrigation, landscaping and the permitting process.

A needs assessment to determine which properties could use assistance in areas listed above is slated. The study will help develop tools and resources to assist a group of West Maui properties make their transition in the upcoming years.

The Honua Kai Resort and Spa, in addition to hosting the workshop and providing lunch for attendees, has been using reclaimed water in its operations since its development. Representatives will share their experiences with R1 water.

An overview of coral reef health issues, the impact of wastewater on the reef and the latest ongoing science and conservation efforts will be shared by Tova Callender of the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative.

Callender will discuss the multifaceted watershed management planning effort underway, and opportunities for West Maui resorts to play a role.

Finally, in partnership with the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s Engineers Advisory Council, the workshop will also include a tour of the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility (LWRF) with Steve Parabicoli, Maui County Wastewater Operations Program superintendent.

Participants will learn about the planned upgrades to the LWRF, future needs of the facility and more technical aspects of the application process to use reclaimed water. The workshop will begin at the LWRF; participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes.

Space is limited. To register, or for more information, contact CORAL Hawaii Field Manager Liz Foote at 669-9062 or 283-1631, or e-mail Lfoote@coral.org.