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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   March 30, 2006





            The City has completed repairs on the ruptured sewer main on Kaiolu Street, without having to resume discharging raw sewage into the Ala Wai Canal.

             “The repair is holding, and we’re covering the pit that we excavated to repair the main,” said Deputy Environmental Services Director Ken Shimizu.

            Shimizu said the department estimates approximately 48 million gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into the Ala Wai Canal since the break occurred last Friday.

            “Runoff from today’s heavy rain should help flush that out of the canal,” said Shimizu.

            The underground cast concrete main pipe, installed in 1964, handles most of the wastewater from Waikiki, carrying it under pressure from the Beachwalk Pump Station to Ala Moana.

            Warning signs in English and Japanese continue to be posted at the Magic Island Lagoon and Duke Kahanamoku Beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Fort DeRussy Beach fronting the Hale Koa Hotel. No additional closures were ordered today.

            Now that the Kaiolu Street sewer work is done, the Board of Water Supply is scheduled to repair a nearby leaking water valve. After that is done, the affected stretch of Kaiolu Street will be repaved.





            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

            Bill Brennan, 527-6928


Thursday, March 30, 2006

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