Conserve Water Tools
Don’t Waste a Drop!
Maui County’s dry season runs now through September so our reduced rainfall and hot summer months, are just beginning!
Forecasts for the summer and fall show below normal rainfall and calls for water conservation will become stickier as these hot months go by. The Department of Water Supply (DWS) is diligently working to ensure our resources are being used efficiently and respectfully in Maui County. However, we must all do our part to prepare for this dry season.
Department of Water Supply Director Jeff Pearson knows the summer drought is coming; “We will watch overall weather patterns and be prepared for not if — but when — the next drought conditions are upon us”.
Don't Waste a Drop Community Outreach Events
We will be out in the community at events across Maui County. Stop by our booth and take our short survey to receive FREE merchandise; such as T-shirts, bottles, bags, and hats! Scan the QR code to take the survey when you get there.
This week on Sunday, August 22, 2021, we will be at the Maui Sunday Market in Kahului from 4pm -8pm. Come out, see us and get FREE fixtures and merchandise.
Don’t sweat it! We are here to help!
DWS is working to assist the public in finding simple and creative solutions to conserve water across Maui County. In small and large ways, every household can cut back water usage around your home and in the yard. When introduced in your hale, effective changes can add up to big water savings! Check out below our helpful tips, links, and FREE items to help you and your ohana do their part to make sure there is enough for us all when we need it!
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Let's be honest … it is hard to maintain a tropical paradise in a hotter, drier part of the island. Hawaii's ancestors knew that and planted all along their ahapua’a to match the climate and conditions. Watering the yard and landscapes are responsible for most household water consumption, but there are many ways to help conserve water in your regular activities around the yard! Click here to find out tips on how to save water outdoors.
You can have a beautiful yard and help it adapt to the area of Maui you live in. We can help you learn about native plants for your home’s micro-climate that will thrive in the drier conditions in Maui County. For example, you can protect and allow your tropical plants to thrive and retain more moisture with mulch and efficient watering techniques, especially in the summer when your plants and lawn face drier conditions. Another effective technique is to water at the right time so there will be less evaporation. Watering early in the morning and later in the evening when it’s cooler, will certainly help not only save water but save you money!
- DWS has LOTS of FREE tools – such as moisture meters and hose nozzles which can save over 50% of water flow from your hose! Check out our Conservation page to find out more about low-flow fixtures and how to receive them for FREE!
- Learn to help you use less water and still have a beautiful yard! Email us to learn more!
- Read the County of Maui Landscape & Gardening Handbook to learn about native plants and how to save money in your yard.
- Check out our FREE Rain Barrel Catchment Program!
- Look and see how you can Save Water in Swimming Pools; five ways to cut evaporation.
Kids Zone and Interactive Education
Check out these cool links and tools for kiddos to use and learn about water conservation. There are games for them to play regarding water conservation. Teaching our keiki about water conservation is important for everyone because water awareness starts at home and spreads throughout the islands and through future generations.
Our JOB is to help you connect to resources and tools to get the most out of your, potable, fresh water supply! Talk to us! Fill out one of our surveys! Take advantage of the resources, connections, and supplies we offer to help you know more and feel good about the water you use every day. We are here to help our customers, and ALL Maui County citizens to be good stewards of our most precious resource, fresh water.
Being an island community, we are all conscious of how our behavior affects the local aina. It is possible to be a consumer and still make your choices count toward sustainability and water resource security for us ALL. Use our resources, ask questions, learn from us and each other; sometimes it feels like our small tasks are insignificant, yet please never underestimate how small things are done by many people, who, together, make a HUGE contribution!
During the dry season in Maui County, drought can occur, but we can all pitch in to help conserve water while reducing your water bills. Knowledge is power! Please take advantage of our indoor and outdoor water usage-saving tips. The small differences you all make individually, if we make them together, will have a large positive impact on the water resources and management on our islands.
Even though we have some of the wettest places in Hawaii, having a deeper understanding of how the hotter summer months impact our island community is important. DWS can assist you in knowing how a devastating drought can help us find better solutions with actionable and responsible practices. Useful resources about drought can be found here:
- Click here to find out information about drought and tips to help during one.
- The current Hawaii Drought Map from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
- Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Hawaii from the National Integrated Drought Information System and NOAA.
- Press Release June 8, 2021: Voluntary water conservation requested of Upcountry residents.
There are so many ways to help conserve water indoors within your regular activities at home! Many of you know not to leave the water running when you brush your teeth and to take shorter showers. However, there are other ways to conserve water inside your home, such as using water-efficient appliances, toilets, and fixing leaks. DWS offers various ways to help you conserve water in your home with free programs and fixtures.
Check out our lists of printable tips that might just help you save gallons of water each and every day! Print them and hang them up around the house as a reminder for everyone in your hale so they “Don’t Waste a Drop” and that small ways to save water can make a difference for everyone to get through these hot months.
- Learn how much water you REALLY use by measuring your water footprint!
- Check out this website for information about leaks in your home.
- Check out our DWS FREE fixtures to help you conserve water.
- Toilets use the most amount of water for indoor water consumption in your home. You may qualify for FREE Ultra-High-Efficiency Toilet, look on our website how to!