WHO”S MINDING THE WATER QUALITY
DURING THIS CRISIS???
By Chad Rhodes 6/3/2018 3:30 pm
I am no longer getting my drinking water from Pahoa side. Now going Keaau side. If the methane gas is present who’s to say it has not already penetrated the water table in Pahoa. Where is that water table in Pahoa. Feast your pretty eyes on this. This is why I have brought up these issues. I have not heard any one mention the water source for the Puna District.
Kilauea Aquifer Sector Area Hawaii County
KILAUEA AQUIFER SECTOR AREA
SECTOR AREA PROFILE
The Kilauea Aquifer Sector Area (ASEA) includes the Pahoa , Kalapana , Hilina, and Keaiwa  Aquifer System Areas (ASYA). It captures most of the Puna District and the southeastern portion of the Kau District, and extends along most of the island’s southeastern coastline as far south as Kuhua Bay outside Punaluu. The sector area includes most of the Kilauea Crater and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Economy and Population
Agriculture is the primary economic function in the Puna District. Vegetables / Papayas in the Kapoho area, flowers in the Pahoa and Kapoho areas, and bananas are the principal products. Truck farming in the Volcano area is also significant. The majority of the State’s papayas and bananas are grown in Puna. Several Marijuana growers due to the sunny, hot, humid days.
The Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant located outside of Kapoho generates 30-MW of electricity using three geothermal wells. Plans were already under way to expand the facility to double its output, but Pele put a stop to that we hope.. PGV had employed 30 people.
Nearly all of the population contributing to the demands from the Kilauea ASEA is within the Puna District. The rate of growth of Puna’s population has slowed in the past few years., but still ranks as the island’s highest. The growth can be attributed to the affordability of residences outside of Hilo and the job opportunities in Hilo. Puna’s status as a “bedroom community” for Hilo is evident from much slower growth in employment, and the worsening traffic on its roads leading into Hilo.
Ok, you have a little better understanding why I have concern. Lager Population, PGV Leaking into Aquifer, Fertilizers used by farmers, cars and other contaminants. Now look at the map and tell me that the Aquifer could not be at risk.