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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2006
RAIN CAUSES MORE WASTEWATER SPILLS
Runoff from heavy rain in the Koolaus today caused three more wastewater spills, including another one at the City’s Kaneohe Pretreatment Facility, where untreated wastewater also overflowed yesterday.
Heavy downpours at mid-day resulted in an estimated 18,225 gallons of untreated wastewater – much of it runoff that infiltrated the sewer system – to overflow from two manholes in the
In addition, an estimated 6,750 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from a manhole on
“Several days of heavy rains not only saturate the earth, but leave our wastewater system vulnerable to being overwhelmed by additional runoff,” said Ken Shimizu, deputy director of Environmental Services.
National Weather Service preliminary data indicates 3.41 inches of rain fell at Ahuimanu and 3.98 inches at Luluku between 2 p.m. yesterday and 2 p.m. today.
In addition to the
· Wastewater overflowing from a manhole in the Dowsett area of Nuuanu, near
· Two homeowner complaints about wastewater spills in
The state Department of Health has been notified about each of the spills. Warning signs have been posted and water samples are being collected from the affected bodies of water. The public is advised to heed the warning signs and stay away from affected areas.
Ross Tanimoto, Chief, Environmental Services Monitoring & Compliance Branch, 692-5371
|Thursday, November 02, 2006|