County Water Supply Director Dave Taylor signaled that the Waikamoi Flume project has cleared major permitting requirements and is seeking $13 million for a replacement. The plan failed to receive funding from the Maui County Council last year due to what the council thought was insufficient planning.
Taylor expects to go out on a construction bid this year. "Now that we feel we have some control over the schedule, we're ready to ask for the budget appropriation," he said.
The flume was built in the 1920s and can bring up to 2 million gallons of water per day to the county's water supply. However, the disrepair to the flume has been causing an estimated loss of 2 million gallons of water per day.
Originally, $10 million was requested for the project, but this was during the early inception of the plan when not all of the cost variables were thoroughly understood.