Mechanical failure causes Kihei wastewater spill

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Approximately 1,900 gallons of wastewater overflowed in Kihei early Thursday morning, the County of Maui's Department of Environmental Management says.

The spill occurred at the intersection of South Kihei Road and Waimahaihai Street and lasted for five minutes beginning at 2:05 a.m.

County officials say the overflow is due to a mechanical failure at the Kihei pump station.

Wastewater flowed from the pump station site to the grassy area in the adjacent lot occupied by the Kihei Fire Station. Approximately 35 gallons of the overflow entered a storm sewer fronting the pump station on South Kihei Road, about 1,000 feet away from the ocean.

Bacteriological analyses are being conducted, however, the department says it is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean.

The malfunction was corrected and the spill site was cleaned and disinfected. The State Department of Health has been notified.

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