Which water you can trust in Hawaii?
Hawaii has the lowest number of taps per capita, according to a new study from the Water Resources Institute (WRI), and the results may be even worse for the state’s tap water.
The state ranked last among the 50 largest U.S. states in per capita water usage, with just 0.6 percent of its tap water in the hands of residents.
Only New Jersey and Texas had more residents than Hawaii, with about 1.2 million.
While the average person in the state uses just 1.1 gallons of water per day, the WRI report finds that Hawaii residents use more than twice that amount per capita.
In total, the average American uses about 1,500 gallons per day.
That means that the average Hawaiian has a much higher chance of drinking unsafe water than Americans living in most other parts of the country.
The study’s authors estimate that if water were safe, the state could cut its water usage by about 4 percent.
But the state has been slow to implement measures to address the problem, and that could lead to a shortage of tap water as well as lead to higher water bills.
That’s because the state still has a lot of unused water, and there’s no way to measure how much is actually being used.
The report also says that the state doesn’t have enough water testing facilities to test the water it uses for drinking and recreational purposes.
It’s also not clear how much water is actually available for irrigation or other use, or how much could be saved by better management of the water supply.
The researchers also find that some areas of the state have problems with the quality of the tap water they receive.
A recent study found that more than one-fifth of Hawaii residents tested positive for elevated lead levels, which are usually considered safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The lead-contaminated water in some areas is not filtered out of the system before it enters the drinking water supply, the report found.
The findings were particularly worrisome because many of the wells and reservoirs in Hawaii were old and under-treated, making them prone to contamination.
Some of the drinking-water wells in Hawaii are located in areas where there are more than 1,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease each year, the researchers say.
As a result, the water that residents drink in their homes could contain dangerous levels of lead, the study found.
Drinking water testing has increased dramatically in recent years, but it has only become more difficult to monitor the water quality in the system, the authors say.
They also note that some residents don’t have the proper equipment to test for lead.
The researchers say that there’s a growing demand for water testing because of the increasing demand for potable water and because the number of households that require water has skyrocketed in recent decades.
That demand has led to the use of tap and bottled water, which is the only option for people who want safe drinking water, says Rachael M. Hager, the lead author of the report.
This is an important development, because it means that we can be more effective in addressing water quality, Hager says.
It’s also important that we take a hard look at how much we’re drinking, because that’s a major concern, says Katherine M. Tashkin, an associate professor of environmental health and sustainability at Indiana University, Bloomington.
If the public and government leaders are serious about addressing the water crisis, they need to take these actions and make sure that we’re providing safe drinking-waters for everyone, Haged says.
The public also needs to take a closer look at the problems with water in Hawaii, she adds.
“There’s no doubt that we have a problem,” Hager tells Shots.
“We have to fix it.”
Hager, Tashkons study, and the Wri’s findings are available online at: http://www.waterresources.org/pdf/HRI-Water-Quality-Report-Hawaii.pdf.
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