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Hawaii's Water Woes

Seismic Observations: Hawaii

Jan 06, 2007
Water woes brought a group of state lawmakers and government officials to Hawaii Island this weekend. It's another chapter in a continuing saga that began when the October 15, 2006 earthquake damaged major water sources. Cloverleaf Dairy Farms produces a third of all the milk sold on the Big Island. It is one of about 50 agricultural customers who relied on the private, 22.5-mile Kohala Ditch for water. The Kohala Ditch used to carry up to 15 million gallons of water a day. The farm took a massive hit when the ditch, which is still not running, dried up. "The earthquake caused avalanches that have covered the intake system and destroyed trails, covered flumes." If the problem continues past this rainy season, farmers, ranchers, and nurseries will suffer. "They're at significant - if not severe - risk because of lack of water sources."
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