City Plans to Gauge Climatic Changes

By Vorsino, Mary | Honolulu Star - Advertiser, March 4, 2013 | Go to article overview

City Plans to Gauge Climatic Changes


Vorsino, Mary, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


The Honolulu Board of Water Supply plans to spend an estimated $9.5 million on a 30-year master plan that will include an investigation of how climate change could affect the island's water resources and delivery system.

The plan, which will be conducted in three phases over the next 21?2 years, will also have an assessment of the condition of BWS?pipelines and other infrastructure, and will determine capital improvement priorities for the future.

"The idea is to develop a 30-year upgrade and replacement program," said BWS?Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Lau. "It provides the department a road map into the future."

This is the first time BWS has undertaken an effort of this scope to determine the effects of global warming on its infrastructure and its water supply.

Scientists predict sea levels will rise in Hawaii by 1 meter in 100 years, causing flooding in several areas and potentially damaging infrastructure.

Climate change is also expected to result in less rainfall.

"If we become drier, we need to (ask), How do we handle that?" Lau said.

Lau said the plan will not only inform upcoming work, but could identify potential cost-saving opportunities by determining whether some aging pipes that are scheduled for replacement might have some more life to them.

City Council members support the board's efforts to kick off a long-term planning effort, though they said they would look into why the plan has such a big price tag.

City Councilman Stanley Chang, chairman of the Public Works and Sustainability Committee, said many of the island's water mains are "decades if not a century old," so it's time to start planning for their replacement or repair.

He added that he doesn't want the plan to spur massive capital improvements that are covered solely by increases in water rates.

"Water rates are already very high," Chang said, adding he will encourage the Board of Water Supply?to "not just look at raising rates as the only possible solution for raising resources."

The masterplanning comes as the board is in the midst of a five-year, $345 million capital improvement plan that was kicked off in mid-2011. The CIP?plan includes replacing 40 miles of pipeline and repairing 216 wells and booster stations.

To help pay for the improvements, the board approved a 70 percent increase in water rates over five years in 2011. More recently the board has eyed the possibility of redeveloping parking areas at its Beretania Street complex as a way of generating revenue. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

City Plans to Gauge Climatic Changes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.