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TWO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS LOSE UV FOR MINUTES

 

A Hawaiian Electric (HECO) power outage shut down ultraviolet disinfection units at the Citys Wahiawa and Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plants last night before backup diesel generators engaged.

The UV units were inoperable at Wahiawa WWTP for 16 minutes (6:46 7:02 p.m.), while at Sand Island WWTP the units were down 20 minutes (6:30 6:50 p.m.).

The Wahiawa plant discharged 30,880 gallons of tertiary treated effluent without disinfection into the Wahiawa Reservoir through its outfall.  An estimated one million gallons of primary treated effluent without disinfection was released through Sand Island WWTPs deep ocean outfall.

The City notified the state Department of Health.  Warning signs are being posted in the effected areas.  DOH waived water sampling at Wahiawa Reservoir because of turbidity. 

                                                                                               

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Contact:

Markus Owens, 734-3454

Monday, December 29, 2008

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