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51,000 gallons of sewage and storm runoff spills

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:13 p.m. HST, Mar 05, 2012


 

About 51,000 gallons of storm water and raw wastewater spilled from the Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility on Mahalani Circle this morning as the state Health Department issued a brown water advisory for Oahu because of the danger from contamination from storm runoff island-wide.

The state Health Department and city Department of Environmental Services said heavy rains caused two manholes at the facility on Mahalani Circle to overflow, spilling an estimated 300 gallons a minute from both manholes. The spill began at about 5:30 a.m. and was secured at 8:20 a.m. Residents are warned to say out of waters fronting Mahalani Circle to Kaimalu Place.

The city is posting signs along the shoreline and Kaneohe Beach Park and will sample waters after the heavy rains clear.  

The Health Department is warning the public to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff thoughout Oahu. The waters could be contaminated from overflowing cesspools, sewer  manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris caused by heavy rains.

Officials say if coastal waters are turbid and brown, stay out.

 

 







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inverse wrote:
Just imagine if the Hoopili development was in place and these heavy downpours took place. Runoff into the Pearl harbor Ewa side of the island of Oahu would be MUCH, MUCH worse than what is currently happening now. The current open land in Hoopili is able to handle a great deal of water and allow rain water to percolate down into the lava bedrock below, however once the entire area is covered in concrete for homes, roads, buildings, etc. all of the water is now being absorbed into the ground will have no place to go but run "downhill" which is basically through the Pearl harbor/Ewa area before reaching the ocean. AND the runoff water is NOT clean and would contains massive amounts of dirt, chemicals, possibly sewage overflow, etc.
on March 5,2012 | 10:22AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe we should fix our sewer systems. Make it a priority instead of the train that 55% do not want.
on March 5,2012 | 02:31PM
mcc wrote:
Great idea, fix our water mains while they are at it and that will relieve traffic congenstion. Stop the rail, vote for Ben.
on March 5,2012 | 03:32PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Get the Unions to switch from Rail to Sewer? Fat chance......they are going for the low hanging fruit.
on March 6,2012 | 08:34AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Hey, but let's keep forging ahead with rail, you fools.
on March 6,2012 | 04:49AM
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