3 Wastewater Spills Pollute Hilo Bay
The County of Hawaiʻi is reporting three wastewater spills on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Location of the spills are:
- Paukaʻa Sewage Pump Station – 40 Paukaʻa Dr., Hilo.
- Wailuku Sewage Pump Station – 10 Hawaiʻi Belt Hwy, Hilo.
- Pua Sewage Pump Station – 1095 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo.
The initial spill occurred at 5:45 a.m. Spills are currently ongoing due to heavy rainfall from Hurricane Lane. Discharge of untreated wastewater to the ground as well as shoreline.
The spill at Paukaʻa and Wailuku Sewage Pump Stations is discharging at the shoreline. Spill at Pua Sewage Pump Station discharges approximately 3/4 mile from the shoreline.
Cause of the spill is that the pump station was unable to accommodate abnormally high flows to the station as a result of high rainfall from Hurricane Lane.
Remedial actions taken: All stations are manned to keep the stations operational in order to minimize the volume of the spills.