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Untreated Wastewater Enters Kapue Stream Due to Blocked Sewer Manhole

May 18, 2021, 8:21 AM HST
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Approximately 67,800 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from a manhole onto the ground and potentially into Kapue Stream.

The sewage blockage within the gravity line along Pāpa‘ikou Bridge occurred on May 15, but crews were not made aware of the spill until May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

According to Hawaii County officials on Tuesday, May 18, the blockage was cleared with a hydraulic jetter and the area was disinfected. WWD operators turned off the pump at the Pauka‘a SPS during clearing work.

Warning signs were posted. Water quality samples were collected along Lyman Beach. The Department of Health was notified.

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