HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heavy rains on Kauai temporarily overwhelmed the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) sewer lift station in Kapaa, resulting in a spill of wastewater.
HPHA says the Kapaa Sewer Lift Station could not move incoming sewage quickly enough to the County of Kauai sewer main, and wastewater would have been backed up into public housing units if the controlled spill had not been performed.
HPHA staff was able to discharge some of the sewage onto the ground near the lift station. This area has been barricaded to protect the public and the wastewater has been chlorinated.
Staff is monitoring the site for several days and discharging wastewater as needed to help the pumps keep up with the influx and storm water and wastewater. HPHA says staff is working with residents to make sure no wastewater backs up into units and no contamination of the environment occurs due to the wastewater spill.