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                               Public Information Division
                               Department of Customer Services
                               City & County of Honolulu
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March 24, 2002 


            An underground  pressurized sewer line at the City’s Aliamanu Pump Station Number 2 ruptured this morning (March 24), spilling an estimated 12,000 gallons of raw sewage, most of which was recaptured back into the sewer system at the facility. 

            The pump station is located near the intersection of Salt Lake Boulevard and Lawehana Street.  The spill was reported at 10:45 a.m. City crews responded at 11:15 a.m. and brought the spill under control by about 1:30 p.m. 

            City officials are investigating the cause of the break in the 8-inch diameter force main.   Although the spill is estimated at 12,000 gallons, most of the sewage was retained in the pump station or absorbed on the ground nearby.  Officials estimated about 150 gallons of the spill reached a nearby storm drain, but probably did not exit the drain into nearby waters. 

            The affected pump station has been shut down.  Sewage flows into the station are now being intercepted by tankers and pumped into a sewer line leading to the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa. 

            The State Department of Health has been notified of the spill and warning signs have been posted around the ditch where the affected storm drain is located.  The contaminated site has been sampled for testing and disinfected.  


Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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