Council members want supervision at BWS

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Aug 04 2013 04:07:00 PM HST

More oversight of the Board of Water Supply. That's what one city council member is pushing for.

HONOLULU -

The Board of Water Supply is free of financial supervision from the City and County of Honolulu, but council member Ikaika Anderson believes it's time for that to change. He says he gets a lot of complaints about the BWS, which has motivated him to introduce a resolution. The resolution proposes that the BWS submits its annual operating and capital budgets to the City Council for approval.

"There's a lack of accountability there's a lack of oversight and I think it's a fair question to ask the voters if they want oversight," said Anderson.

A constant problem is many rate payers are not aware of what their charged for. Anderson said the billing fees go towards fixing water meters and other miscellaneous up-keeps that residents want to know about. But the most frequent complaint has to do with the 10 percent rate hikes expected every year over the next three years.

"Many constituents island wide have expressed concern and utter frustration with the Board of Water Supplies increases in their billing charges, and complete frustration that the BWS has no oversight from any elected official what so ever," said Anderson.

The first reading of the resolution will be at the full council meeting this Wednesday. The Board of Water Supply does not have a comment at this time.

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