Residents urged to save water

Despite some rain this month and more showers expected due to returning tradewinds, Hawaii residents are being advised to conserve water because of dry weather that began in early February, officials said ... Full Story
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Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#1 Apr 29, 2008
That's right, folks!

Shorter showers. Stop washing the car. Don't water the garden.

But let's give Horton approval for 10,000 new houses! Let's even give them a rail terminal!

let's give General growth the OK for 4,000 more condo units in Kaka'ako. Let's even give them a rail terminal!

Let's all get behind super high density Transit Oriented Development along the rail line.

Let's build, build, build! Who needs water?
Joe Morgan

Honolulu, HI

#2 Apr 29, 2008
As I drive around the island I see the city leaving sprinkers on for hours. It`s the old saying-----"Do as I say, not as I do".

Since: Feb 08

Minneapolis

#3 Apr 29, 2008
One more slap in the face for local middle class people. Bad enough they live 20+ miles from work and pay $4 a gallon for gas. Median price for a house (shack) is $650K+. Long standing Hawai'i companies closing their doors.

But someone is still making money in Hawai'i. Someone is still exploiting the aina. Notice I do not say someone from the mainland (haole). Could be local someone too. Bottom line is someone is laughing all the way to the bank by continuing to over-develop and over-populate Oahu and no one in power is stopping them.

The sad irony is that the guy(s) getting rich are largely responsible for the water shortage and once again it is the middle class local people, the people who can least afford more cutbacks, who suffer.

Don't believe. Six months from now try drive by Blackpoint, Portlock, Kahala Drive, etc., and tell me what color the grass in the front yards.

Since: Nov 07

Paia, Maui

#4 Apr 29, 2008
Old saying I learned from one of my UH professors, TANSTAFL. There Ain’t No Such Thing As a Free Lunch.

Basic realities like food and water are limiting factors now. The good times were long gone. Now can we afford ‘no where projects’? Just blame me, I voted for the other ones.
nobody

United States

#5 Apr 29, 2008
It's no different on Maui. The county basically lets the developers run the show and they waste so much water left and right and then ask the citizens to conserve. It's completely ludicrous.
young grasshoppa

Honolulu, HI

#6 Apr 29, 2008
SUSTAINABILITY. One word. We are on an island, with limited resources. But GREED is blind and for the most part mainland interest and doesn't care if we have drought conditions and power outages.

Hopefully with the economy the way it is, people will realize the mess we're in and do something about it.
mlc1953

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Apr 29, 2008
Cat Manapua wrote:
That's right, folks!
Shorter showers. Stop washing the car. Don't water the garden.
But let's give Horton approval for 10,000 new houses! Let's even give them a rail terminal!
let's give General growth the OK for 4,000 more condo units in Kaka'ako. Let's even give them a rail terminal!
Let's all get behind super high density Transit Oriented Development along the rail line.
Let's build, build, build! Who needs water?
My thoughts entirely. This cow is being milked to death.
Pat

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Apr 29, 2008
Didn't I just read about a big golf course being built in Ewa for the wealthy? How much water is going to be required to maintain the green? City planning and land use just doesn't make sense.
darthdes

San Francisco, CA

#9 Apr 29, 2008
Although a bit costly per gallon and a very "different" taste, desaltization may be the only future alternative.

Use that for other than drinking and you stretch your water supplies.

CA has some small scale projects to test fire it and the various, competing technologies. The Middle Eastern Gulf countries are heavily into exploring this.

The problem is going to be powering the process with oil prices the way they are. Perhaps some form of solar power or tidal power?

Each neighbor island would of course have to have its own individual desaltization plants.

There is a Hawaii company that brings up deep ocean seawater and desaltizies it and sells it for $$$ in Japan and Asia as "natural" bottled water. So it is feasible on a larger scale although currently costly.

Since: Feb 08

Honolulu, HI

#10 Apr 29, 2008
Furhter, if we keep building more hotels and resorts, the tourists won't care about our water supply. They'll take long showers and fill the bathtubs because they're on vacation.

Since: Feb 08

Honolulu, HI

#11 Apr 29, 2008
oops.. word is "further"
Manu

Honolulu, HI

#12 Apr 29, 2008
There's too many people living in Hawaii already. Theres not enough resources for the local people, only the rich people. This has to come to a stop because we are living on an island not a continent. Hawaiians cannot enjoy their resources that they have been enjoying before.Enough already! leave Hawaii alone like it was in the old days, beautiful beaches and mountains. Now we see only buildings and foreigners who buys up all the good land and make it hard for local people to survive comfortably in their natural environment.Hele aku!
Westside Wind

Honolulu, HI

#13 Apr 29, 2008
Sorry BOD, I need the water to cook the rice that is also being rationed.
I suggest you contact those people who wished for rain, wasn't specific to the Hawaiian gods and the result was 40 days of rain.
I suggest you be more resourceful in the future.

“4 "Blondie"”

Since: Nov 07

;-) @>--;--

#14 Apr 29, 2008
I think we should take the resorts share and grow our own gardens, as well as have community gardens. What are we going to eat if all of the ships/planes stop coming?
Westside Wind

Honolulu, HI

#15 Apr 29, 2008
correction, BOWS.
Martin Turow

Honolulu, HI

#16 Apr 29, 2008
They should rename Hawaii to Fantasy Island because that's what we're living here. A fantasy where there is no serious conservation, no serious recycling, and unbridled development with no end in sight. Perhaps the coming drought will be a good thing, as nature will finally curtail what our so-called leaders haven't had the guts to do. If we are going to start conserving water, let's start with the golf courses and all the inappropriate landscaping. Forget building the rail. We better start building desalination plants. Our society needs to get its priorities straight. They are sadly out of whack.
deepbluehawaii

Ewa Beach, HI

#17 Apr 29, 2008
Google the Aqus toilet by Vivavi. It collects grey water from your sink and uses it to flush the lua with.

We're nuts to use clean drinking water for flushing and watering the grass. There are solutions out there. This or similar grey water collectors should be mandated for all new construction.
J Elizabeth

AOL

#18 Apr 29, 2008
Charge more for water!!!!!!!! Too many people just waste water everyday. Restaurants waste an exceedingly amount of it. It's like the gas crisis, residents need to conserve.
Kaimuki High grad 1973

Fairbanks, AK

#19 Apr 29, 2008
Water is the new oil. I wish we in Southeast Alaska could share some of our overabundance of water with Hawaii at this time. Here in Ketchikan we are "blessed" with about 12 feet of rain annually. It's not easy living in such a climate, but the more I think about moving away after 14 years here and hearing about water shortages in so many places, I begin to realize that the rain is precious and a blessing. My husband and I live outside of the city and have a water catchment system. All the water we need flows off our roof into our 12,000 gallon water tank.

Ironically, in spite of all the rain we get here in Southeast, our local utility has tacked on a diesel charge for our electricity use. Apparently our lakes that provide hydroelectric power are still so frozen up that the utility has had to turn to generators.

Most of the comments here address haphazard development. It does sort of make a person wonder whose pockets the city planners are in. But if it's any comfort, city planners in most places do the oddest things, not just in Hawaii.
Retired Builder

Honolulu, HI

#22 Apr 29, 2008
Trashtalk wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes very good idea. And we should start now!!! With all new construction.
Better yet...we should start now with all new construction, additions, alterations and renovations!!!

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