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Power trouble causes sewage spill into Wahiawa Reservoir

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:24 p.m. HST, Jun 01, 2014

About  1,875 gallons of treated effluent spilled into Wahiawa Reservoir on Sunday.

According to the state Department of Health Clean Water Branch, the release was caused by a power flicker that caused the Wahiawa Wastewater Treatment Plant system to shut down.

Warning signs are being posted and the DOH is advising the public to stay out of the reservoir from Lakeview Circle to the Reservoir Spillway.

On May 25, a similar electrical issue resulted in the release of approximately 1,548 gallons of wastewater into Wahiawa Reservoir.

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sailfish1 wrote:
Doesn't the treated effluent from the Wahiawa wastewater treatment plant always flow into the Wahiawa reservoir? If not, where does the effluent go? Anyway, the Wahiawa reservoir always looked like a filthy place and I seriously doubt anybody actually goes in there.
on June 1,2014 | 08:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sailfish1, you're correct, it does normally go into the reservoir. However, it's normally treated and then disinfected with ultraviolet light before it gets discharged. During a power outage, the ultraviolet lights go out and the undisinfected sewage gets released.
on June 1,2014 | 09:25PM
FluidMotion wrote:
Wow, a flicker and 1800 gallons of sewage is spilled. Having an emergency generator would be too easy.
on June 2,2014 | 04:02AM
localguy wrote:
Or backup batteries. Or a power kept open discharge line, power cuts off, line automatically closes until manually reopened. Union rules prohibit any type of labor saving devices. Got to keep union members employed.
on June 2,2014 | 05:47AM
Mike174 wrote:
I find it appalling that they can let this happen at all!
on June 2,2014 | 06:41AM
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