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Crews repair 24-inch main break in Kahala

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KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

[Update 3:30 p.m. on Friday]

Repair crews have finished replacing a section of a  24-inch water main in Kahala that broke Thursday morning.

Kahala Avenue near Waialae Beach Park is still being contraflowed and special duty police officers are still assisting with traffic while temporary road repairs are done. The Board of Water Supply expects the roadway to be completely reopened by 7 p.m.

[Update 4:20 a.m. on Friday]

Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews continue repairs to a 24-inch water main near Waialae Beach Park in the Kahala area. Crews have excavated and are working to replace the damaged section of the water main.

Approximately five customers are without water service at this time. A water wagon has been setup at Waialae Beach Park to provide water to affected customers.

One lane of Kahala Avenue from Kealaolu Avenue to The Kahala Hotel & Resort is being used to contra flow traffic. Special duty police officers are assisting with traffic. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area.

Repairs are expected to continue throughout the day. An update will be provided when the situation changes. 

[Update 1:51 p.m.]

Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews continue repairs to a 24-inch water main near Waialae Beach Park in the Kahala area.  Approximately five customers are without water service at this time.  A water wagon has been setup at Waialae Beach Park to provide water to affected customers.

One lane of Kahala Avenue from Kealaolu Avenue to The Kahala Hotel & Resort is being used to contra flow traffic.  Special duty police officers are assisting with traffic.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. 

Repairs are expected to continue into the evening.  

[Original story posted below]

Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews are repairing a 24-inch water main near Waialae Beach Park in the Kahala area.

The main was originally installed in 1952.  Approximately five customers are without water service at this time. 

One lane of Kahala Avenue from Kealaolu Avenue is being used to contra flow traffic.  Special duty police officers are assisting with traffic.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area.

Waialae Beach Park is also closed as the BWS crews repair the water main.

The Board of Water Supply strives to balance affordable rates with the need to replace aging infrastructure.  Pipeline condition is difficult to assess because the pipes are buried underground and breaks and leaks are not always due to age. 

In January 2012, the BWS implemented a new 5-year rate schedule that called for a 9.65% rate increase per year over the five year period.  The BWS raised rates to fund the maintenance and replacement of Oahu's aging water infrastructure to meet its operational requirements and to ensure system reliability. 

The funding will facilitate proactive pipeline replacement to minimize water main breaks and will also be used to renew the BWS's pumps, reservoirs, and treatment plants.

Repairs are expected to continue into the evening.   

The Kahala Hotel & Resort had no water supply in the early hours of this morning. Water has been restored to the resort.

Hotel Management is working with the Waialae Golf Course to get guest cars out via the golf course road while guests needing public transportation are assisted out past the area of the main break where taxis are positioned to take them to the airport or other Honolulu destinations.

Guest services are limited but we are serving coffee and other light food services.  

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