You are here:  Main / Customer Services / Public Communications Division / 2010 / Mayor Hannemann Meets With EPA Regional Administrator



(March 15, 2010) --- Mayor Mufi Hannemann met today in San Francisco with the new EPA Region IX Administrator Jared Blumenfeld.

The meeting covered the City & County of Honolulu's Wastewater program and consent decree negotiations.

""We had a very productive meeting, and we look forward to making further progress in our negotiations," Hannemann said.

Since 2005 when Hannemann became mayor, the City has dedicated more than a billion dollars to its wastewater program.  Another $1.6 billion in wastewater improvements is planned over the next five years.

            "Repairing our collection system infrastructure has been a focal point of my administration," Mayor Hannemann said.  "There's no doubt our City's sewer system is in better shape today than it was when I took office five years ago, and we'll continue to make strides to ensure we leave this place better than we found it."

            Sewage spills, also called Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO), declined for the third consecutive year in 2009, according to data collected by the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services (ENV).

            SSOs in calendar year 2009 declined 17.3 percent compared to 2008.  Last year, ENV recorded 101 total SSOs from gravity mains, lower laterals, pump stations, pretreatment facilities and force mains, compared to 122 in 2008.

            Hannemann said that Administrator Blumenfeld plans to visit Honolulu later this month to continue the dialogue between the City and the EPA.  At that time, Blumenfeld is expected to  present the City & County of Honolulu with three EPA awards, including two Energy Star awards for efficiency at both the Fasi Municipal Building and Honolulu Hale, and the $499,000 EPA Climate Showcase Community Grant.

            Mayor Hannemann will return to Honolulu tomorrow.