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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Issue 11

You're Invited... One Water Forum on
Oct. 19 and Educational Events for

"Imagine a Day Without Water" on Oct. 20

“Imagine a Day Without Water” is a national observance that holds a special meaning for Hawaii this year. We’ve all heard what it feels like to lose access to tap water as a result of the Red Hill water contamination crisis.

“Ka Wai Ola. Water is life. We can never take water for granted,” said Ernest Lau, BWS Manager and Chief Engineer.   

Beginning Monday, Oct. 10, the Board of Water Supply will begin posting educational information about the value of water each day, leading up to two major events, a panel discussion and in-person events. The public is invited to these free events:

One Water Forum: The Importance of Water Reuse
Live virtual panel discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 19, Noon to 12:45 pm
Register to watch the session at
www.onewaterhawaii.com or at www.civilbeat.org/events

In addition to water conservation, water reuse is another way to reduce the use of fresh, potable water. Reuse is a way to repurpose and treat stormwater, graywater, and wastewater for irrigation in agriculture, industrial processes, and environmental restoration.

The Board of Water Supply is collaborating with Honolulu Civil Beat to present a “One Water Forum,” on Wednesday Oct. 19, at Noon. Civil Beat reporter Marcel Honoré will serve as moderator of a panel that includes Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer, Board of Water Supply; Roger Babcock, Director and Chief Engineer, Department of Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu; Christin Reynolds, Director, One World One Water, LLC; and Elson Gushiken, Vice President, ITC Water Management, Inc.


Imagine a Day Without Water (In-person educational events)
Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon to 1 pm
Two locations: Tamarind Park, Downtown Honolulu, and Kapolei Hale, Kapolei

The public is invited to participate in fun educational activities, play games, and have a chance to win the grand prize of a 55-gallon rain barrel that collects rainwater to reduce use of fresh, potable water. A rain barrel will be given away at each location, Tamarind Park and Kapolei Hale. A KSSK live remote will add to the downtown Honolulu event.

The Board of Water Supply will be joined this year by agencies from the City and County of Honolulu, neighbor islands, and state government. This includes the City of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services, Department of Facility Maintenance, and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience.

State agencies include the Commission on Water Resource Management and the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, both of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Also participating this year are the Departments of Water for Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Counties.


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Posted: 10/12/2022