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Upcountry experiencing ‘moderate’ drought conditions

September 12, 2013
Maui Weekly

Maui News - Citing the declaration of a drought watch Upcountry, the U.S. Geological Survey said that very dry trade winds the previous three weeks had lowered stream flow diversions from the northeast-facing slopes of Haleakala that feed water supply reservoirs.

"Moderate" drought conditions have pushed into the Upcountry area, the report released Tuesday said.

Water Director Dave Taylor issued the drought watch Aug. 30, citing "extremely dry water conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs."

He has asked water customers to voluntarily conserve water by 10 percent or more until rain refills the dwindling Upcountry reservoirs. The affected areas include Ha'iku, Makawao, Olinda, Hali'imaile, Pukalani, Oma'opio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, 'Ulupalakua and Kanaio.



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