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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       June 16, 2005

Release No. ENV-25






City Department of Environmental Services crews responded last night  (Wednesday, June 15) to a spill of an estimated 1,100 gallons of untreated wastewater from an 8-inch sewer main near the Pearl Highlands Center in Waiawa.


The spill was reported about 8:30 p.m. as sewage backed up from a manhole along the main, which serves an area of apartments near the center. Collection System Maintenance Division crews discovered rocks, rags and grease had blocked the line. The obstructions were removed and the main was returned to service by 11:30 p.m. It was unclear how the objects got into the line.


Some of the spilled wastewater entered Waiawa Stream. The state Department of Health has been notified and pollution warning signs are being posted.  Water quality sampling will be conducted to assess the impact of the spill. The public is advised to avoid the affected areas.







Craig Nishimura, Collection System Maintenance Division Chief, 527-5131




Thursday, June 16, 2005

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