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8,000 gallons of sewage spills over 3 days

The discharge of about 1,280 gallon of wastewater out of a manhole at Victoria and Beretania streets Thursday afternoon is being blamed on a blockage caused by tree roots.

It was the third release of sewage water in as many days on Oahu.

Thursday’s spill began about 12:53 p.m. and was stopped at about 1:15 p.m. About 700 of the 1,280 gallons entered the stormwater system, the city Department of Environmental Services said. An Environmental Services crew cleaned, disinfected and deodorized the affected area.

The state Department of Health was notified of the incident, but chose to waive the requirement for signage and water sampling associated with the discharge.

At about 8:30 am. Wednesday, a wastewater overflow was reported at Mayor Wright Housing at 521 Kukui Street. The overflow was stopped about 10:09 a.m., after approximately 3,345 gallons of wastewater was released — more than 3,100 gallons entering the stormwater system.

The cause of the discharge remains under investigation.

An Environmental Services crew cleaned, disinfected and deodorized affected areas and signs were placed along various points of Nuuanu Stream to inform the public of the discharge. Water samples are being collected and the public is advised to heed warning signs.

At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 4,275 gallons of wasterwater overflowed at 319 Walker Avenue in Wahiawa, most of which entered a storm drain at the end of Olive Avenue, the city said. An Environmental Services crew retrieved about 300 gallons.

That discharge is being blamed on the buildup of grease in a sewer line. As was the case at Mayor Wright, signs warning of the discharge have been posted and the public is being asked to stay out until the signs are taken down.

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  • I can live with the results of the election but stories like this anger me. I spend a lot of time in the ocean and I really don’t want to share it with sewage. Governments are constituted to accomplish things for the people that individuals cannot do for themselves. Streets, public safety and welfare, water, and the proper treatment of waste. If this government can’t deliver, let’s get one that can.

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