For years, Wailuku Water Company (WWC) has been trying to get Maui County to take over its irrigation system. Maui mayors have repeatedly included in their proposed budgets $9.5 million to purchase the company’s lands and infrastructure, but the County Council has never agreed to fund it.
In the meantime, WWC president Avery Chumbley has complained that his company is bleeding money operating the system, which serves more than 100 users, but collects money from only a fraction of them. Many of those who don’t pay are owners of kuleana lands that were . . .
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