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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                March 24, 2006





            Crews from the City Environmental Services Department are working to repair a rupture in a sewer main near the Ala Wai Canal.

            The break was discovered about 7 a.m. on Kaiolu Street. The rupture appears to be in a 42-inch force main. Environmental Services officials believe last night’s heavy rains may have contributed to the break. The City Department of Design and Construction were already designing a replacement for the 43-year-old main and installation of the replacement line is expected to begin next year.

            Some of the untreated wastewater from the break spilled into a storm drain that leads to the Ala Wai Canal.

            Warning signs are being posted along the canal and various points downstream. The public is advised to heed the signs and avoid contact with the affected waters. Water samples are being taken. The state Health Department has been notified.

            The left lane of Ala Wai Boulevard has been closed to traffic to allow for repairs and capture of the spilled wastewater. Kaiolu Street is closed to through traffic. Motorists should expect lane restrictions elsewhere in Waikiki for pumps to divert sewage from the broken line. Portions of the municipal parking lot at Kaiolu Street and Kuhio Avenue may be closed. 




            Eric Takamura, Director of Environmental Services, 692-5159

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Friday, March 24, 2006

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