Oahu's wet side facing a drought

Oahu's wet side facing a drought

There are 45 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 30, 2008, titled Oahu's wet side facing a drought. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The Honolulu Board of Water supply is asking all Windward Oahu customers to voluntarily restrict their water use by 10 percent to save water for a predicted dry remainder of the year.

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windward water

Honolulu, HI

#1 Aug 30, 2008
Why make only the windward side of the island conserve water? The leeward side recipients of the waters pumped to them from the windward coast should be held accountable too.
Stop the water flow from the windward side to the leeward and then we'll really see where the drought is.
loco moco

Richmond, VA

#2 Aug 30, 2008
Unfortunately, the finger of blame points squarely at God on this one.

The right-wing fundies were praying for a deluge to fall on Obama's acceptance speech. They should have shouted a little louder I guess (if such a thing is possible).

Apparently God thought they were begging him to bombard New Orleans again, for not reforming their sinful ways even after Katrina -- which the fundies claimed credit for.

Now to their chagrin, the GOP may have to delay their convention because of Gustav (literally, "God's staff"!) Just wouldn't look good y'know!

So what does any of this have to do with the windward drought? There's only a certain amount of water. God needed it elsewhere, so he is depriving the windward side -- because they get their water from dikes, and God don't like wimmin lustin' after wimmin!
got water

Kahului, HI

#3 Aug 30, 2008
Bottom line is, this island is drying up.
Stop overdevelopment especially in the higher elevations and start reforesting these lands. Open up more lands for agricuture and start desalianating ocean water for these ag lands, golf courses, even home use. We need to conserve our precious water supply or at least give it time to replenish. All these ads advising people to conserve their water yet the biggest culprits are the State and the City. They water their lawns around 11 to 12 in the afternoon, they turn on sprinklers even when its raining and sometimes forget to turn them off. With the infrastructure old and literally falling apart there are too many leaks and major breaks in the waterlines, all contributing to this loss of our precious water. And their advising me to conserve water?
dudealohajoe

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Aug 30, 2008
Desalinization technology has made it possible for entire cities to get their potoble water from the ocean. The water won't be what yer used to, but at least u ain't gonna die from drought.
dudealohajoe

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 Aug 30, 2008
Hasn't Honolulu been in a drought from the past 20 years or something like that? I remember Kazu Hayasida saying something to that effect.
HIKai

Hilo, HI

#6 Aug 30, 2008
Every single golf course on this island should be using reclaimed water from the treatment plants. Golf courses use around 1 Million gallons of potable water per day. Why are we using our drinking water to water golf courses that are only used by a few?
got water

Kahului, HI

#7 Aug 30, 2008
U right Dude! give it another 20 tops
dudealohajoe

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Aug 30, 2008
HIKai wrote:
Every single golf course on this island should be using reclaimed water from the treatment plants. Golf courses use around 1 Million gallons of potable water per day. Why are we using our drinking water to water golf courses that are only used by a few?
People have been saying this for the past 15 years. Nothing's been done about it.

“I'm Feisty!..sue me.”

Since: Mar 08

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#9 Aug 30, 2008
windward water wrote:
Why make only the windward side of the island conserve water? The leeward side recipients of the waters pumped to them from the windward coast should be held accountable too.
Stop the water flow from the windward side to the leeward and then we'll really see where the drought is.
"Despite low rainfall around the state, the city is focusing on the Windward side, where a large portion of water comes from shallow-water wells called dikes.

In a dike system, water is stored in porous lava rock, trapped by vertical fingers of solid lava rock. The water is close to the surface, and dikes are more susceptible to drought conditions.

About 50 percent of the Windward water comes from dike sources that have smaller capacities than deeper, larger basal aquifers that provide most of the water on the Leeward side."

I'm gonna guess that the water systems along the Windward side are older.

Oh well..

Save water..Shower with a friend.

-praying for a rainy winter.
Dakar

Wailuku, HI

#10 Aug 30, 2008
The train, more development, etc., will only make things worse. Oahu already has more than enough development and congestion. Why are we begging for more?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 30, 2008
interesting..thanks Wahine.
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#12 Aug 30, 2008
Where we get our water from depends on the geography of the land. Our side has a shallow water system (holds less), the Leeward side has a deep (holds more). We could use up our water faster than the Leeward folks could. Also, I'm not sure if the two water systems are naturally linked, which would explain why we on the Windward side are asked to cut back.
Besides, we need to learn to conserve anyway, as we waste so much water by being lazy or careless.
Poi Boy

AOL

#13 Aug 30, 2008
Raise the water rates!!!!!!!!
Island Boi

Kaneohe, HI

#14 Aug 30, 2008
No storm clouds this time over the third world of Hawaii Nei. Windward is asked to conserve water while our elected officials approve the building of thousands of more homes on the leeward side. Where is all that extra water coming from? Silly me, the BWS and Politicians know there is no more water but bury their heads in the sand. Wonder why the BWS doesn't offer rebates for us to buy water efficient appliances? Wonder why the state doesn't require all homes to have low flush toilets, banning all others? Silly me, that makes too much sense. Ahhhhh another dry day in the nei.
Pony

Honolulu, HI

#15 Aug 30, 2008
Oahu readers don"t believe the media. You have plenty water, its the development on the other side that needs your water. Tell the people on the leeward side to start looking for their own water. Stop the unneeded development. Make them find a water system, tell the golf courses and big hotels to cut back. Make the visitors feel the cut backs not the locals. Stop being lazy.
alice

Waipahu, HI

#16 Aug 30, 2008
we must all move to leeward. i fear for those on the windward side. the windward side will be a ghost town when the rains stop for good. the taro fields will dry and people will have to make poi out of the dying grass.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#17 Aug 30, 2008
They ought to shut down watering of the silly golf courses. They are useless unless we start growing food there.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Aug 30, 2008
MAYBE THEY SHOULD RE-DIRECT SOME OF THE WATER DIVERTED TO "HELP OUT" THE WEST SIDE-----AGAIN TOO MUCH DEVELOPEMENT WITH NO INFRASTRUCTURE.....MORE OF THE SAME (AND WORST) IF THE MUFSTER IS RE-ELECTED........GET IT??????????

Still from Kaneohe.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#19 Aug 30, 2008
everyone must be required to grow taro in their backyards. if they do not have backyards then they must grow them in planters.
dudealohajoe

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Aug 30, 2008
as dry as alice's punani.

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