Show me the water

Trinette Furtado VIA Lucienne DeNaie:

Developers claim (falsely) the current law (the water availability policy, codified at Chapter 14.12 of the Maui County Code or “show me the water” policy) keeps Affordable Housing from being built!!

We think exactly the opposite is true!
SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT of all future housing units will be UNAFFORDABLE to those with Maui salaries.
New developments are NOW only required to have 25% of their units sell between $300k and $570k. The rest, 75%, can be any price. Real affordable housing projects are exempt from the law, and therefore given priority for the water we do have.

Please spread the word.
Developers and large landowners want to get rid of this law and the realistic planning and accountability it brings to water management.

Our public trust water resources are at risk if the water department loses this important planning tool.

Wednesday December 2nd 9am TESTIFY
Water Resources Committee Meeting
8th Floor. County Building

Can’t COME?

Testimony may be submitted to referencing agenda item WR-11.

Keep our Water Availability Law Strong!!

• Keeps accountability in our water planning. Bill asks large developments to get real and “prove they have a water source”
• Protects water supply of current residents from being over-promised to new, unaffordable developments.
• Protects our aquifers and streams from over exploitation, as was commonly done before the bill passed.
• Has encouraged water conservation efforts when large commercial water users like hotels want to expand
• Asks County Water Department to comment on all proposed wells, including their impacts on the exercise of traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights and practices.

Background: The water availability policy, codified at Chapter 14.12 of the Maui County Code, was enacted in 2007 with the intent to conserve the county’s water resources. A copy of the bill is online at
The ordinance requires applicants for development approvals to provide evidence of “a long-term, reliable supply of water.”
The Committee is being asked to approve amendments to REPEAL the current bill.

“The policy is often mentioned in discussions as one of the main reasons why affordable housing has not been built.”
“This review will provide a chance to evaluate what the policy’s true impact has been.”

The current law actually supports affordable housing being built, since it exempts all of the following type of developments from proving a water source, giving them priority access to County water supplies where available:

• family subdivisions
• infill projects of 10 lots or less in west or central Maui service areas
• projects with 100% affordable housing in west or central Maui service areas
• public/quasi public housing projects in west or central Maui service areas

If the law is repealed, thousands of new units already approved in Central, South and West Maui will be “entitled” to water meters, whether there are sufficient water resources available or not.


The picture is from the Maui county website in relation to the water Resources Committee scheduled discussion on the repeal of “show me the water” policy.



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