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For Immediate Release
May 18, 2020

BWS OK's Water for Cooking and Drinking in Kalani Iki and Waialae Iki

HONOLULU – Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews have addressed a water system issue that was causing dirty water in the Kalani Iki and lower Waialae Iki areas. Customers should run their taps for a few minutes before using the water for drinking, cooking, and brushing teeth.

BWS will still need to flush the water from the reservoir serving the community. This reservoir is now shut off from supplying water to the area and will be flushed by fire pumpers located at Laukahi Street and Kuhilani Street. There will be noise from the pumpers overnight. BWS field crews will be going door to door to alert the residents of the situation. BWS stated that they apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the community’s patience while the work is being done.

The cause of the dirty water is related to a 24-inch main break that occurred on Kahala Avenue in April. When pressures were increased in the main earlier today, it created a disturbance to the water system that caused the dirty water.

Questions and comments may be directed to the BWS 24-7 trouble line at 748-5000 extension 1.

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The Board of Water Supply (BWS), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, manages Oahu’s municipal water resources and distribution system.  As the largest water utility in the State, the BWS serves approximately one million customers on Oahu.  The BWS embraces its mission of “Water for Life – Ka Wai Ola” – to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply, now and into the future.  Uwē  ka lani, ola ka honua – “When the heavens weep, the earth lives.”  For more information, visit, follow @BWSHonolulu or like the BWS’s Facebook page at



Kathleen Elliott-Pahinui
Information Officer
Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Phone: (808) 748-5319