Hawaii

State of Hawaii Department of Health Safe Drinking Water Branch’s mission is to “safeguard public health by protecting Hawaii’s drinking water sources (surface water and groundwater) from contamination and assure that owners and operators of public water systems provide safe drinking water to the community. This mission is accomplished through the administration of the Safe Drinking Water Program, Underground Injection Control Program (UIC), Groundwater Protection Program (GWPP), and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).”  

 

Hawaii Constitution Article 11 Section 9

“Each person has the right to a clean and healthful environment, as defined by laws relating to environmental quality, including control of pollution and conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources. Any person may enforce this right against any party, public or private, through appropriate legal proceedings, subject to reasonable limitations and regulation as provided by law. [Add Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978].” 

 

PENDING: SB 502 Constitutional Green Amendment

Currently in JHA committee (at conclusion of 2021 session), listed as “enrolled”. Proposes a constitutional amendment that guarantees individuals the right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems, and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, scenic, and healthful qualities of the environment. Would not go into effect until July 1, 2050