Up to code: Bureaucracy hinders water conservation policy

  • Environmental Management Commission Chair Rick Bennett gives a presentation on water reclamation to the county council on Tuesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Environmental Management Commission Chair Rick Bennett gives a presentation on water reclamation to the county council on Tuesday. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Environmental Management Commission Chair Rick Bennett gives a presentation on Tuesday.

KAILUA-KONA — Climate scientists at Stanford University project that in a worst-case scenario, rainfall across the Hawaiian Islands might decrease as much as 50 percent by the end of the century.