Resources must be handled with care when you live on an island. Maui's isolation is one of its celebrated qualities, but between that and its limited size, using water responsibly is vital for the environment, guests and residents alike. That's why we're highlighting the upcoming public meetings that will address the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP). You might want to consider attending, whether you're a resident, a Maui home owner, or a prospective buyer already living here.
Water issues can influence all of us, and that's why public input has been requested to help officials prepare the WUDP. Meetings will be held in locations all over the island, and in fact, the Wailuku meeting already took place yesterday, on March 10th. But there are three other meetings, and we'll list them below. If you can't make it to the public meetings, there will be a second round of them about six weeks after each meeting. In addition, you can still attend any of the scheduled Maui County Council Water Resources Committee meetings.
The WUDP was drafted several years ago, but must be updated periodically, according to Hawaii State law. After each update, it will provide the community with a long-range planning blueprint for all of the county's water uses. The updates to the plan are part of a strategic effort to adapt to changes, some foreseen and some unforeseen.
The upcoming changes to the draft will be focused on all of Maui's water systems and users, with special emphasis on ground, surface and alternative water resources. If you're relatively new to these concerns, don't worry. Before you dig into the details, you'll get an overview of the purpose of the WUDP and an explanation of the public process and how it works.
Interested in getting involved? All meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., and this is the list of the upcoming meetings.
Thursday, March 17
Lahaina Civic Center
Monday, March 21
Eddie Tam Memorial Center
Tuesday, April 19
Hana Community Center-Helene Hall
If you need more information, you can call the Department of Water Supply, Water Resources and Planning Division at 808-463-3110. As for any assistance you might need with your Maui real estate search, that's where we can help you. Our contact information is located at the bottom of the page if you need us. Mahalo!
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