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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 Kaneohe Bay. That spill is ongoing.

            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 Bellows Beach Park for the weekend due to flooding and other factors. The park is normally open to the public on weekends.

            The heavy rains also closed Hanauma Bay, the Honolulu Zoo, Foster Botanical Garden, the Kaneohe District Park swimming pool and all City golf courses except Kahuku.

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Contact:

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

            Bill Brennan, 527-6928         

Monday, April 03, 2006

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