The Department of Water Supply advises all customers to conserve water in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Douglas, which is forecast to bring strong winds, flash flooding and high surf this weekend.

The adverse weather could disrupt electrical power to pumps and motors that keep water flowing through the County’s domestic water system.

Customers should store drinking water now for use during the storm in the event water service is shut off. In general, consumers should ensure a safe supply of water for emergency use by storing at least one gallon of water per person per day for 14 days, and some water on hand for pets.

Water and wastewater systems may be compromised if electricity cannot be supplied to power pumps and motors in the County’s distribution and transmission systems. In the event of a power outage, the Department of Water Supply may shut off valves and isolate tanks to reduce risk of damage and water loss. If this occurs, water will be restored as soon as it is safe for personnel to go out and open lines and flush them, if necessary.

All irrigation systems and other non-essential uses of water should be discontinued until further notice. Unnecessary use of the wastewater system should also be minimized. Customers should monitor County updates and call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.

Storm preparation tips are available at this direct link:

Gov. David Ige today issued a pre-landfall emergency proclamation as the State of Hawai‘i prepares for possible impacts from Hurricane Douglas. The proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state funds for the quick and efficient relief of disaster-related damage, losses and suffering that may result from the storm.

“Our top priority is always the safety, health and well-being of our residents and visitors. Please take immediate steps to protect your families, loved ones, employees and property. We ask everyone to closely follow emergency instructions as we prepare for Hurricane Douglas,” said Gov. Ige.

The disaster emergency relief period begins immediately and continues through July 31, 2020.

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The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) has released the 2020 affordable housing income limits. They serve as guidelines in qualifying purchasers and renters for affordable units as required under various city programs.

The affordable housing income limits are based on the median family income (MFI) set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This year, HUD determined that the city’s MFI is $101,600, an increase of 2.6 percent from last year’s $99,000. Income limits increased by an average of 4.5 percent, while rental rates increased an average 4 percent.

The DPP translates the HUD MFI to determine rental guidelines for various income groups and household sizes in Honolulu. For example, the limit for a household of four at the median level (100 percent) in 2020 is $125,850, up from last year’s $120,500. The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,975 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations.

A complete list of the 2020 affordable housing income limits and maximum rents by income groups and household size is available at

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