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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2006
RAINS CAUSE WINDWARD SEWAGE SPILLS
The City Department of Environmental Services is working to halt two sewage spills caused by today’s heavy rains.
An unknown amount of untreated wastewater spilled from a main that feeds the Kaneohe Pretreatment Facility and entered Kaua Stream, which flows into
A spill at the state-owned Waimanalo Wastewater Treatment Plant also continues. That began overnight, as partially treated wastewater overwhelmed the saturated ground around the plant’s injection wells. By mid-morning, an estimated 36,000 gallons had spilled. Runoff from the heavy rains at midday – the National Weather Service recorded 2.67 inches in Waimanalo between noon and 1 p.m. – flooded the entrance to the plant, and caused an unknown amount of untreated wastewater to escape from the plant inlet.
The state Department of Health has been notified about both spills. Warning signs are being posted and water samples are being collected. The public is advised to avoid the affected waters.
In related news, the Air Force has closed
The heavy rains also closed
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
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