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Water main breaks plague Waikiki, Waipahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:15 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2013

Broken water mains afflicted Waikiki and Waipahu today. Board of Water Supply crews worked overnight Saturday to finish repairs to a 12-foot section of pipeline at 1850 Ala Moana Boulevard, but Ewa-bound lanes remained closed until 4:30 p.m. today, said a Board of Water Supply spokeswoman.

The main broke at about 6 p.m. Saturday, flooding the busy street with several inches of water near the IHOP restaurant, which was also flooded.

“Our business was greatly affected,” said Manager Chey Hunn. “We were closed from the time of the break to — I think we ended up getting out of here at five after midnight.”

The restaurant was closing early this evening so that the carpet cleaners could come in again, Hunn said.

Repairs prompted westbound traffic to be diverted onto Ena Road or Kalia Road.

A bypass system set up by 11 p.m. provided water service to the one water customer initially affected by the break.

Overnight pipeline repair, which involved the removal and replacement of about 12 feet of pipe, was completed by 4 a.m. and a paving contractor began to repave the road shortly thereafter.

But the road surface needed several hours to cure. 

The Board of Water Supply said the main was originally installed in 1949.

In Waipahu today, a break in a 12-inch water main closed Hianakiu Street near the intersection with Waipahu Street, according to the Board of Water Supply.

The break, which happend about 6 a.m., left about 60 customers without water, Burgo said.

Two water wagons provided an alternate water source at 94-529 Hiapaiole Loop and 94-470 Hiapaiole Loop.

Police re-opened Hianakiu Street at about 12:45 a.m.

Crews restored water service by 3:30 p.m. to the 60 customers who lost service.

Records show that the main was installed in 1971.

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cojef wrote:
Certainly, the breakdown of the infra-structure is not alien to the residents of all communities for its has been neglected for ages with only stop-gap measures, instead of the systematic major overhaul of all utilities, be it thr sewers, waterlines, roadways and others. Yet, new public work projects are being started which need not be mentioned that will expend all the money resources that is available. Meanwhile taxpayers are being asked to pay and pay with no end in sight.
on April 7,2013 | 07:39AM
mcc wrote:
Agreed, stop rail and ALL new projects and fix our EXISTING infrastructure.
on April 7,2013 | 08:20AM
goodday wrote:
I believe the Board of Water Supply is semi-autonomous and money it makes is not taken for other city projects
on April 7,2013 | 05:19PM
sailfish1 wrote:
This is getting to be a too common occurrence along with sewer line breaks and sewage spills. I hope that the responsible departments did not waste away all the fees they've been collecting and then not fixing these old pipes. I'm especially concerned about the huge sewer fees we've been paying since Hannemann was Mayor.
on April 7,2013 | 06:22PM
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