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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2004

ADDITIONAL SPILLS REPORTED FROM YESTERDAY’S HEAVY RAINS

            Oahu’s wastewater system is recovering today (January 3) from the residual effects of yesterday’s heavy rains, as other spills on the island last night are being reported.

            The Waimanalo Wastewater Treatment Plant, at 41-1060 Kalanianaole Highway, continues to have periodic spills.  The raw and treated effluent has been flowing into a drainage ditch that discharges into Puha Stream.

             The Hart Street Wastewater Pump Station released untreated sewage into Honolulu Harbor from 9:00 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. last night to prevent a major backup at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant due to heavy inflow caused by the torrential rains.  The pump station is located at 1031 N. Nimitz Highway.

             More than 1,000 gallons of sewage also spilled out of a manhole last night at 209 -Kawaihae Street, between Kuliouou and Hawaii Kai.  The spill has since stopped.

             The following is a list of addresses of other sewage spills city wastewater crews responded to yesterday and the streams, harbor or beaches affected by the spills.  All were caused by the heavy rains.

Location of Spill                             Affected Waters

2444 Hihiwai Street                           Ala Wai Canal

98-164 Olepe Loop                            Waimalu Stream/Pearl Harbor

98-168 Pahemo Street                        Waimalu Stream/Pearl Harbor

5307 C Kalanianaole Highway            Wailupe Stream/beach area

5403 Kalanianaole Highway                Wailupe Stream/beach area

388 Wanaao Road                              Kaelepulu Stream/Kawainui Stream/Kailua Beach

394 Wanaao Road*                            Kaelepulu Stream/Kawainui Stream/Kailua Beach

1723 Lehua Street                              Kalihi Stream

426 Kekau Place                                Nuuanu Stream

* Spill ongoing.

            The State Department of Health has been notified of all spills.  Warning signs have, or will be posted in affected areas, which are undergoing sampling for contamination levels.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

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