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Taylor will be a great water department director

February 10, 2011
Maui Weekly

For the first time, I heard someone explain in easily understood language the reasons for the water problems Upcountry. Anyone on the water meter list should try to watch that interview. In my opinion, the man is brilliant, very blunt and honest, and I think he can make a great water director if the council does its part of their shared job.

The problems with the water system are matters of fiscal policy, not engineering problems. Who pays? How much? Is making the cost short-term or long-term the right way?

When those on the list get water meters, someone has to pay for new infrastructure. Sources could be available, if the county can use the Hamakuapoko wells, or if the county can “force” conservation by water rates, or if the county issues bonds to drill wells that all users or all taxpayers have to pay for. New distribution lines can cost $100,000 or more per person. Does the new user pay or the county? How does the county pay—higher rates, bonds, higher taxes?

Alan Arakawa made the dumb promise that people on the list would get their meters in a few months. It was a political ploy and totally unrealistic. Please do not hold Taylor responsible for that stupidity. Just be grateful that Alan and hopefully the County Council are smart enough to want Taylor as water director.



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