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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2006
HEAVY RAINS CAUSE
Heavy rains are believed responsible for a sewage spill in
A resident of
Pumper trucks were brought in to relieve the load on the system, and repair crews stopped the spill by 2:25 p.m. An estimated 2,780 gallons is believed to have spilled. Some of it flowed into nearby
Workers are cleaning up the spill and planned to disinfect the area.
Earlier today, prolonged overnight rain caused a spill of an estimated 1,625 gallons of untreated sewage from two
“Runoff enters a sewer system through what we call inflow and infiltration,” said Eric Takamura, director of Environmental Services. “Heavy rain and flooding causes runoff to enter the system in volumes that it was never designed to handle. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to avoid illegal connections to the municipal sewer system from gutters and drains.”
Warning signs are being posted for waters that may have been affected by each of the spills.
Water samples are being taken and the state Department of Health has been notified. The public is advised to heed the signs and avoid affected areas.
Contact: ENV Collection System Maintenance Division, 768-7272
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, February 24, 2006|