Wednesday, July 30, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 16 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

City lifts moratorium on sewer hook-ups in Central Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:35 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2012

The city announced Friday revised restrictions on new sewer connections from Halawa to Pearl City that previously threatened to slow down or halt new construction in the area for as long as four years.

The interim solution involves installing new valves and separating sewage flows through pipes from the Pearl City and Waipahu pump stations, the city Department of Environmental Services said in a news release.

Officials say the city will continue processing applications for new sewer connections, although applications for projected flows of 2,000 gallons or more per day will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

According to a memo from Steinberger in April, the Pearl City pump station had reached its limit of 28.4 million gallons of wastewater per day. Any additional flow would put it over capacity and at greater risk of sewage spills. Improvements, budgeted at $60 million, were expected to take at least four years to complete.

Until then no sewer connections that increased the amount of flow into the system would be allowed from Halawa to Pearl City, according to the memo.

The city said the interim solution will allow timely connections for the larger construction projects proposed in the area, including The Plaza assisted living development project in Pearl City and the planned redevelopment of the old Kam Drive-In site, as well as smaller projects and individual home connections. 

 Print   Email   Comment | View 16 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
Changalang wrote:
Too little too late. Peter already lost Hawaii Kai to Ben, and after Kirk brought this up in the debate; the area under previous toilet expansion lock down will not go to Carlisle.
on July 13,2012 | 03:59PM
Changalang wrote:
Self Correction: Ben brought it up initially. Kirk re-bounded it back onto Carlisle to highlight how his hands off approach of management creates problems. Kirk coupled this with the landfill site fiasco. Caldwell countered off of Peter's attack that Kirk's hands on proactive management style was inferior to his own hands off reactionary style. Kirk 's style was better from the perspective of lesser of two evils, by a hellacious mile. Carlisle doesn't even attend his own staff meetings in entirety.
on July 13,2012 | 07:33PM
islandsun wrote:
Of course they did, the construction unions were complaining.
on July 13,2012 | 04:23PM
mililanihi wrote:
This subject of moratorium on sewer hook ups was one of the key issues that former Gov Cayetano had brought up in one of his recent debates due in part by the neglect on repairs that have caught up to us and will need to be addressed sooner than later. If elected, he will adress those crtical issues instead of trying to force a rail systen down our throats that will not make a difference, we cannot afford, do not want, and most would not ride. In addition, it appears we’re having daily water main breaks all over the island and additional money will be needed in addition to what was already budjeted in. I find it very difficult for those on a fix income to deal with a water bill that will be on the avg $300.00 in a few years due in most to the sewer charge. With all said, and the money short fall that we may be experiencing in the near future, I do believe we need a alternative mode of transportation to deal with the current traffic, but the current rail project simply does not justify the cost nor will it make any noticeable difference in our traffic. We should concentrate on our ageing water and sewer systems since this needs immediate attention and cannot be avoided. I'm fine with the water bill to fix our sewer system but not in using taxpayer money regardless of where it came from to fund this rail project that has so many issues, conflicts, and has everyone scrambling for a money grab.
on July 13,2012 | 05:06PM
luvshawaii wrote:
Vote Cayetano!
on July 13,2012 | 05:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ben brought this our attention. Proving he is on top of his game. Peter pretended the problem didn't exist until he got caught in prevarication.

Here's a tip, Peter, stand up and denounce the PRP slime ads. Be a man. Then, when you try this transparent politicking at least we will have something positive to say.

on July 13,2012 | 05:15PM
Changalang wrote:
Yup, Carlisle only brought in $200,000 because all his usual donors gave to PRP to give him distance from the negatives. They have spent over $600,000 on airtime and records are due by law on August 1st.
on July 13,2012 | 06:35PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
So they lifted the moratorium on adding to the outdated and over-capacity sewer system? PROBLEM SOLVED!
on July 13,2012 | 05:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I for one am glad. All those unhooked sewers were getting nasty. Now at least they will all pump straight out into the ocean where we can ignore that stuff.
on July 13,2012 | 05:51PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What do you mean? They cannot pump straight out into the ocean.
on July 13,2012 | 06:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'm kidding. Sort of. We have primary sewage treatment at Sand Island, then we shoot the sh__ down the pipe to an outflow far offshore.
on July 13,2012 | 07:13PM
Changalang wrote:
It is the only form of sustainability of food supply plan that Oahu has. The only thing better than raw sewage, is raw fish nourished from sewage. :)
on July 13,2012 | 07:57PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Oh, all this time I thought it went from the city's executive level...right to the electorate .
on July 14,2012 | 06:56AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
The fish and shellfish gotta eat too.
on July 14,2012 | 02:20AM
Changalang wrote:
Tool-Si Gabbard voted away our sewer fund repair money for Rail contingencies tapping. If Carlisle gets re-elected after election season, then the moratorium will have to be re-instituted for emergency reactionary response.
on July 13,2012 | 06:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Kaopectate for all!
on July 13,2012 | 07:13PM
Breaking News