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Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

March 24, 2014
The Maui News

Q: I recently found out that Kauai is no longer the wettest place on Earth, now Maui is. For years it used to be Mount Waialeale on Kauai but now it's some place called the Big Bog near Haleakala National Park. So my question is: If Maui has so much water, why do we have water problems? Can't we build something to collect water at the "wettest place on Earth," and then distribute it to our residents and farmers Upcountry? And wouldn't this be high enough that the water would flow downhill and there would be no pumping costs? Just seems like we have the answer to all of our water problems right in front of us and nobody is doing anything about it.



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