Audit says water department needs clearer contingency plans

DWS District Supervisor Bob Ravenscraft points to the rigging set up at the Honokohau deepwell in 2017. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file)

Robert Ravenscraft, DWS district supervisor in Kona, discusses plans for service restoration at Honokohau Deepwell site on Aug. 14, 2017. (Tom Hasslinger/West Hawaii Today)

The Department of Water Supply needs to take a few more steps to ensure the public has dependable access to water when equipment breaks down, the county legislative auditor said in a report released Tuesday.