Rainfall & Drought

Climate change has brought about a change in rainfall patterns which is generally decreasing rain in formerly dry areas and increasing rainfall in the wet areas. We need to find ways to take advantage of these new patterns by capturing more of the rainfall and diverting it to the dryer areas.

Rainfall Issues

The Aquifers

Much of Hawaii's pristine fresh water comes from its volcanic stone aquifers. The increasing demands for water from Hawaii's increased population and tourist industry, combined with rising ocean levels have shrunk the supply of fresh water in the aquifers, particularly on Oahu.

Groundwater Issues

Rivers & Streams

The flow of fresh water streams and rivers in Hawaii have also significantly declined. At the same time, shrinking government funding has curtailed stream level tests and sampling so the decline is uncharted.

Rivers & Streams Issues

Water Conservation

Water conservation is the key to preserving Hawaii's dwindling freshwater supply. Many mainland cities have successfully used new methods of conservation as part of their future water plans. Water rates need to be utilized which encourage users that are conserving water at the same time as punishing water wasters.

Conservation Issues

News & Research

Pacific Water Conference; Conference Date: 2/20/2019 – 2/21/2019; Venue: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, United States

The Hawai'i Section of the American Water Works Association and the Hawai'i Water Environment Association are proud to announce the annual joint conference now known as the Pacific Water Conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center. The conference typically consists of a single pre-conference day with focused trains of technical presentations, followed by multiple days of conference … Read More...

Water Terrorism On the Increase…

August, Circle of Blue, Using the Global Terrorism Database, a team of researchers from Florida International University discovered that water-related terrorism has risen by 263 percent from 1970 to 2016. The researchers identified 675 water-related incidents in 71 countries, and found that water infrastructure was the most common target of water-related terrorism. New Security Beat … Read More...

Does Sunscreen Damage Freshwater Lakes??

July, Canadian Broadcasting Company. My question is: I hear a sunscreen is killing the coral in the oceans and I'm wondering what it's doing to our lakes? Does anyone know? Britt Wray:   And for answer we go to Dr. Linda Campbell of St. Mary's University, and because Dr. Campbell is deaf, the voice you're hearing is that of SMU staff interpreter Ashley Campbell. Linda Campbell: My … Read More...

Officials to discuss elevated risk cesspools pose…

West Hawaii Today; Max Dible, 25 June 2018:  Every day cesspools throughout Hawaii send an excess of harmful nutrients pouring into nearshore ocean water and threatening to infiltrate the freshwater drinking supply.  Hawaii island is home to tens of thousands of them representing nearly half of the known cesspools used throughout the state.  With the deadline of 2050 to shut down every one of … Read More...