What the Hecht? Lack of Water for Planned Build Out – Public Meeting

Commentary:

The state Water Use Plan has not been updated since 1990, now we have a 2010 plan.  The article in West Hawaii Today states that:

 “…the aquifer that feeds Kona and the surrounding area…should the area see full build-out.. water demand would exceed the sustainable water yield.. by 4 or 5 times.”

South Kona, Waimea and Kohala will also not have enough water to provide to new residents at build out.

See the whole article: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/state-seeks-input-water-use-plan.html

PUBLIC MEETINGS:  Wednesday, August 3rd, at 6 pm Konawaena High School’s cafeteria and Thursday, August 4th, 6 pm at Waiakea’s HS cafeteria to discuss the Plan dated August 2010.

To view the report:  http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/cwrm/planning/wudpha2010.pdf

QUESTIONS to ASK of our PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

  1. WHAT is responsible development?
  2. If everything was built in the Kona/ South Kona/ Kohala areas tomorrow that’s allowed by current zoning and approved subdivisions, how many new homes would there be?
  3. Where would the water come from?
  4. Would existing residents be required to pay for new or updated water systems for new residents buying new homes?
  5. At what point in population growth do we put a cap on how many people can we provide with water?
  6. On the other side of the equation (excuse the pun) how much sewage can our soils absorb?  What is the limiting factor?
  7. Do we need legislation to guarantee that each new home have water for 50 years?

Mahalo for caring about our island!

Debbie Hecht

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