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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2004
DOYLE ISSUES STATEMENT ON CITY WASTEWATER SYSTEM
The following is a statement from Frank Doyle, Director, Department of Environmental Services regarding the Sierra Club’s statements today:
“The City and County of Honolulu has aggressively pursued upgrading its wastewater system. Over $940 million has been appropriated for wastewater improvements from FY1994 through FY2003. An additional $73 million is appropriated for the current fiscal year, $120 million is proposed for FY2005.
“Even this significant effort does not preclude all spills during periods of heavy rains when rainwater infiltrates manholes and sewer lines and overloads treatment plants and the collection system. Furthermore, much of the rainwater enters the sewer system in old sewer lines and connections within private property. The general public needs to understand that the spills are primarily rainwater and even more diluted when they reach ocean areas.
“The City has been working closely with the State Department of Health and the US EPA and is on schedule on a 20-year plan to address the infiltration and inflow issues in our sewer system during wet weather flows. More importantly, the number of spills has been reduced substantially from 465 in 1994 to 183 in 2003. The number for the first few months of this year is higher reflecting the heavy and consistent rains that occurred in January and February. We do not expect this aberration in the weather condition to continue.
“We find no spill acceptable and are particularly concerned about spills that enter receiving waters closing beaches and streams. Such areas are of major concern and are reflected in major projects on Kalaheo Avenue in Kailua, reconstruction of sewers along Nimitz Highway, upgrade of the Ala Moana Pump Station and the Hart St. Pump Station and installation of a new force main from the Hart St. station to the Sand Island WWTP.
“This administration has spent more in the last 10 years to improve our wastewater system than any other period in history.
“We look forward to discussing these issues, our progress, and their concerns with the Sierra Club, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, and Our Children’s Earth to continue to improve service to our community and to protect the public health and the environment.”
|Wednesday, May 05, 2004|