Reclaimed Water

I saw a sign that really seemed odd to me at Haleakala Crater. Over the toilet in the ladies restroom, there was a sign that indicated the water in the toilet was reclaimed water and, therefore, should not be used as drinking water.

As you have probably noticed, most public toilets do not have an accessible tank like the toilet you have at home. Tank water, in theory, could be used as drinking water in an emergency. But this was just bowl water.

It seems to me, if you were drinking water from a public toilet bowl, you might want to worry about the water and remnants that had not yet been reclaimed before concerning yourself with the reclaimed water. Just a thought.

To continue on a theme, our condo in the Lahaina area is about 5 miles north of Lahainatown, with Kaanapali in between. Every drive from Lahaina to our condo, and vice versa, takes us past Kaanapali. Kaanapali is home to many high-priced ritzy resorts. We had noticed that, when driving by at certain times of the day, there was a particularly foul odor in the air, much like San Francisco at low tide. We kept trying to figure out what the problem was – how could low tide smell so bad at Kaanapali but not at the towns just to the north and south of it.

It was on our third day in the area that we noticed the Lahaina Reclamation Center is just across the highway from the resort area. I don’t know how the resorts were unable to block the construction of the plant there, but be warned. If you come to Maui and spend big bucks to stay in Kaanapali, you’ll have access to a great beach, massages, and fine dining, but there will be certain times of day when it smells like a toilet. Breathe deep in that yoga class, why don’t you.