Acquisition of Keauhou Wastewater System Complete

Hawaii Water has completed the purchase of Keauhou Community Services, Inc.’s (KCSI) wastewater system assets following approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission earlier this fall.

Hawaii Water has been providing wastewater utility service to KCSI’s customers through an operation and maintenance contract since 2018. In addition to Kahaluu Beach Park and the Keauhou Bay Facility, KCSI serves about 1,500 residential, hotel, and commercial customer-equivalent units in Keauhou on the Big Island. KCSI also provides recycled water to Kona Country Club for golf course irrigation. Hawaii Water will continue to invest in local wastewater system infrastructure to help keep service reliable for the community and help protect the environment.

“We appreciate KCSI’s cooperation over the past several years and the trust its team has had in Hawaii Water to provide quality, service, and value to its customers,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Group President and CEO. “We look forward to serving Keauhou residents, businesses, and visitors for generations to come.”

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