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Lahaina meeting scheduled to discuss the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan

By Staff | Nov 17, 2016

WAILUKU – Public input is sought on solutions to key issues for the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP) at the third round of community workshops scheduled throughout Maui.

The West Maui workshop will be held on Monday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kaunoa West Maui Senior Center.

Each workshop will focus on solutions to key issues of the region to assist in preparing the plan.

The county Department of Water Supply reported that it is researching alternative ways to meet the future water needs of the public trust and other local uses in West Maui given increased growth, climatic changes and potential decreased water supplies while managing resources in a sustainable way.

The WUDP, drafted several years ago, is being redone to include all water users and water systems on Maui and to focus more attention on ground, surface and alternative water resources.

At the meeting, the department will also explain the remainder of the public process. More information is available online at www.mauiwater.org.

The Draft Water Use and Development Plan will be considered by the county policy boards in early 2017.

According to Hawaii State law, each county is required to prepare, periodically update and adopt by ordinance a WUDP to serve as the long-range planning blueprint for all uses of water in each county.

In addition to these meetings, the public will also have opportunities to offer their input at all of the scheduled Maui County Council Water Resources Committee meetings.

The Department of Water Supply, Water Resources and Planning Division is hosting the meetings and can be reached at 463-3110.