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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2005
NIU SEWAGE SPILL UPDATE
Work on the broken sewer main at
The sewer main has not yet been repaired, and pump trucks are still shuttling untreated wastewater from the Niu Wastewater Pumping Station, near the break, to Wailupe.
That requires blocking one west-bound lane of
The break was reported about 3 p.m. yesterday, in a 16-inch force main that crosses the highway underground, from the pumping station to the makai side of
City Department of Environmental Services officials say that 75-yard length of pipe will have to be replaced or a plastic liner installed to prevent future breaks. A break occurred there on February 2. There was at least one other repair done, in 2001.
Today’s repair work involves uncovering the underground pipe to expose the break. That involves digging a trench. What’s already been exposed will be covered with steel sheets in order to allow traffic to pass during rush hour.
An unknown quantity of untreated wastewater spilled from the break yesterday, until the Niu Wastewater Pumping Station shut down its pumps and quit sending sewage into the broken line.
Some of the spilled sewage entered storm drains that lead to the ocean. Warning signs have been posted in the area. The state Health Department has been notified and waters along the shore will be tested.
Contact: Ken Shimizu, Deputy Director, Department of Environmental Services, 349-6370
Mark Matsunaga 352-1528
|Tuesday, February 15, 2005|