STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1683

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.R. No. 59
                                        S.D. 1




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.R.
No. 59 entitled:

     "SENATE RESOLUTION REQUESTING A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF
     ALTERNATE SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER, INCLUDING DESALINATION
     PLANTS, FOR COUNTY, STATE, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this Resolution is to request the Board of
Land and Natural Resources and the Board of Water Supply of the
City and County of Honolulu, working in concert with the
appropriate federal agency, to conduct a study of alternate
sources of clean and safe drinking water, including desalination
plants, to ascertain their economic feasibility to supplement
Hawaii's ground water sources.

     The Board of Land and Natural Resources is requested to
report findings and recommendations to the Legislature twenty
days prior to the Regular Session of 2000.

     Your Committee finds that in recent years, concerns about
the safety of the State's ground water sources in the City and
County of Honolulu have been raised, both in the civilian and
military communities, by Mililani and Village Park/Waipahu
residents, and officials at Tripler Army Hospital.  Your
Committee understands that it is critical that Hawaii residents,
military personnel stationed in Hawaii, and all military

 
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personnel on vessels using Hawaii as a refueling point have a
constant and continuous source of clean and safe drinking water.

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
Resolution by placing the Board of Water Supply of the City and
County of Honolulu as the lead agency in conducting the study,
with the assistance of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Accordingly, the Board of Water Supply of the City and County of
Honolulu, rather than the Board of Land and Natural Resources, is
requested to report findings and recommendations.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your
Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 59, as
amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached
hereto as S.R. No. 59, S.D. 1.

                                 Respectfully submitted on behalf
                                 of the members of the Committee
                                 on Ways and Means,



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                                 CAROL FUKUNAGA, Co-Chair



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                                 ANDREW LEVIN, Co-Chair

 
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