The County of Hawai‘i’s Disaster Recovery Division and Department of Water Supply (DWS) will host a virtual public meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 via Zoom to receive input on proposed water infrastructure projects for Kīlauea Eruption Recovery.
The 2018 Kīlauea eruption caused about $40 million in damage to water infrastructure, including the loss of about 14.5 miles of waterlines in lower Puna. DWS will receive about $30 million, or 75% of the damage assessment, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a reimbursement basis to support water infrastructure improvements. A local match will be supported by State loans.
“The Department of Water Supply is committed to investing these funds to serve Puna residents in a way that’s aligned with the Kīlauea Recovery and Resilience Plan and addresses housing and economic needs of the area,” said Keith Okamoto, DWS Manager-Chief Engineer. “We’ve identified about $55 million worth of projects for Puna, including restoration of the water line to Isaac Hale Beach Park, that could be supported by the FEMA funds, and we’d like to hear from the public to assist with finalizing these plans.”