October 2019 (Editor Comment: According the State of Hawaii Dashboard, as of April 2019, the state estimated that we saved about 11 million gallons of water per day (gwd) of our target of 100 million gwd which we are aiming to hit by 2030.
- We have used about 4 years of our 14 year timeline which is about 29% of our time period.
- Ideally we would be hitting about 30 million gwd rather than 11 million gwd, which suggests we are slowly falling behind our target.
Is there any hope that we will actually achieve our 2030 water goal? Regretfully climate change is making this an uphill battle. But there is room for optimism.
- The population increase is slowing on the islands and more and more low water appliances are being used by Hawaii households.
- The increasing funds for watershed conservation and the implementation of stormwater utilities will also have a positive impact on replenishing our groundwater reserves.
The reuse of wastewater by businesses remains the speed bump in the road, smart regulations and increased incentives toward sustainability practices will help.
Here is the link to the Water Dashboard