Increase Fresh Water Capacity
In 2013, Hawai‘i’s statewide water demand was 449 million gallons per day (mgd). Using this figure as the baseline, coupled with projections for population increase, it is estimated that 100 mgd of additional fresh water capacity* is needed in order to meet Hawai‘i’s future water demands without extracting more valuable groundwater resources or resorting to high cost alternatives such as desalination. To achieve this ambitious goal, key stakeholders across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors must work together on conservation, reuse, and recharge initiatives.
* Fresh water capacity refers to the amount of water available for consumption, and can be defined as the total decrease in water demand combined with the increase in water supply.
Water Use by Sector & County
Figures 1-4: A pie chart representing percent water used per county by sector, 2018. Source: Commission on Water Resource Management. (Note: Not all water use data was reported, reporting compliance = 48.4%.)
Learn More and Make a Difference
What You Can Do
- Whenever you see water being wasted (a broken water pipe, a malfunctioning irrigation sprinkler, a faucet left running, or something similar) please contact the Board of Water Supply’s Water Waste Hotline at 748-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 100 different ways to conserve water.
- Learn more about how Hawai‘i can collectively take action on increasing our fresh water security.
- Learn more about changes in land use, such as pavement and development.
- Learn more the about the Hydrologic Cycle in the Hawaiian islands.
- Calculate your water footprint!
- Visit the Commission on Water Resource Management’s website.
- Review the information available on the Hawaii’s Department of Health Clean Water page
- USGS Water Data for Hawai‘i.
- Hawaii First Water: News and research on water issues in Hawaii