Water restored in Punaluu; separate water main break occurs in Hauula | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Water restored in Punaluu; separate water main break occurs in Hauula

  • Star-Advertiser video by Cindy Ellen Russell / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    The Board of Water Supply said Saturday repairs to a broken 30-inch water main break would take longer than anticipated due to a downed utility pole in Punaluu.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A broken water main caused a Hawaiian Electric Co. pole to lean, causing an outage for 29 residents in the area.

Board of Water Supply crews have completed repairs on a broken 12-inch water main on Haleaha Road in Punaluu and restored water service to all affected residents in the area.

Work continues on repairs to a broken 30-inch transmission line connected to the main, however, and Windward Oahu residents are asked to continue using water for essential needs only, such as cooking and personal hygiene.

The break, which occurred Friday evening near 53-480 Haleaha Road, caused a Hawaiian Electric Co. pole to lean severely and knocked out power to 29 residents in the area.

“When the pole came down, the three wires got tangled and exploded, like fireworks,” said Punaluu resident Mel Choy.

A HECO crew had to repair the utility pole first for safety reasons before BWS crews could begin repairs Saturday. About 25 customers were without water in the area last night.

As of this morning, Haleaha Road remains open to local traffic only.

Another break was reported this evening in Hauula. The 12-inch break is located between Kukuna Road and Hauula Homestead Road. About 27 customers are without water. Kamehameha Highway is being contraflowed during repair work.

A separate break was reported at 4 p.m. Saturday in Halawa Heights. BWS crews worked overnight on repairing an 8-inch main near 99-420 Aiealani Place that left about 150 residences without water. Service was restored just before 6:40 a.m. today.

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