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City starts work on two new sewer lines following Ala Wai disaster

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Exactly eight years after a disastrous sewage dumping in Waikiki, the City is starting work on two new sewer lines.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a blessing ceremony Monday at the Ala Moana Wastewater Pump Station. The City is installing two 60-inch force mains to carry waste from Waikiki to the Sand Island Treatment Facility.

It's the next step in a project that's about 70 percent complete, but this next phase is the most difficult. Large pipes need to be installed on the ocean floor running through Honolulu Harbor.

"We are rebuilding our sewer system for the 21st century so that this island can thrive for another 100 years. And it cannot thrive if you have a sewer system that is antiquated," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

All this sewer work, which is expected to continue for at least another decade, is required by the EPA. It's part of a settlement from the 2006 disaster when the City dumped 48 million gallons of sewage into the Ala Wai Canal to prevent it from backing up into hotels and homes.

The EPA also fined the city $1.6 million.

 

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