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300,000 gallons of treated wastewater is discharged off Pearl Harbor

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:51 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2013



About 300,000 gallons of treated and disinfected sewage was released into the ocean off Pearl Harbor Friday and early today, the Navy reports.

The treatment plant discharged the effluent from its ocean outfall at a depth of 150 feet and 1.5 miles from shore, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command said in a statement Saturday.

The effluent was discharged without the usual sand filtration process, but is expected to be naturally dispersed with minimal human health and environmental impacts, the Navy said.

Officials said the discharge, which lasted from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. today, was caused by higher than normal amounts of solids that passed through the secondary treatment process and caused the sand filtration system to clog.

Officials said the Navy made all necessary notifications to the state Department of Health as required by the treatment plant's permit.

The effluent went through the ultraviolet disinfection system, the final stage of treatment, before being discharged, the Navy added.







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livinginhawaii wrote:
"higher than normal amounts of solids"? Sounds like female Naval personnel need to be trained on how to properly dispose of their tampons.
on September 14,2013 | 09:08PM
foursun wrote:
eh brah! no get disgusting! like dat!!! was just allie taking his/her bath in Halawa Stream using irish spring das all!!!
on September 14,2013 | 10:08PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Halawa stream is property of the city, which long ago disenfranchised all Hawaiians, which means free to use at your own risk with need to be aware of frogs, centipedes, grasshopppers, guppies, and peeping toms.
on September 15,2013 | 10:19AM
HD36 wrote:
The blind mullet are back.
on September 15,2013 | 06:04AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Or Corn-Eye Puhi.
on September 15,2013 | 08:10AM
Slow wrote:
The Navy says it is OK. That certainly makes me feel a lot better. Let's go eat Pearl Harbor crabs. You first, Admiral.
on September 14,2013 | 09:30PM
jussayin wrote:
SA should have asked the obvious question to the Navy: what caused the higher than normal amounts of solids?
on September 14,2013 | 09:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Shame.
on September 15,2013 | 10:20AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Or story was not important enough to assign Craig Gima to it.
on September 15,2013 | 10:21AM
inverse wrote:
Burrito night and a hired food handler who does bother to wash his hands after using the bathroom
on September 15,2013 | 05:01PM
tonosama wrote:
Nothing like a little sewage to wash down the molasses.
on September 15,2013 | 04:36AM
harley1 wrote:
nah, sewage floats and molasses sinks.
on September 15,2013 | 06:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Nice brackets. And I had trouble with March Madness.
on September 15,2013 | 08:10AM
DABLACK wrote:
Maybe the limu can grow again !
on September 15,2013 | 06:14AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Better to have a discharge of treated and disinfected waste water than molasses.
on September 15,2013 | 07:46AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not really molasses is edible.
on September 15,2013 | 10:22AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This is, or should be, a far greater outrage than the molasses spill. It's bad enough we dump tons of effluent (kukae) daily but when it does not even get a basic filtering that is disgusting. The ocean should not be our toilet just because it flushes a mile away.
on September 15,2013 | 08:12AM
Waimanalodayz1 wrote:
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on September 15,2013 | 08:58AM
kailua1980 wrote:
OMFG! dumb/dumbing? you mean DUMP/DUMPING? batterys? BATTERIES? boeys? BOUYS? radio active? RADIOACTIVE? Farloine? FARALLON? And we stopped the "dumbing" in 1970.
on September 15,2013 | 04:46PM
frontman wrote:
Check your sources .......it was untreated sewage.
on September 15,2013 | 04:11PM
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