A water main break on Kaimakani Street in Aiea closed Aiea Elementary School to all students on Thursday, according to a school representative.
The water main break was first reported just after 7 a.m. and belongs to the Navy.
The source of excess water appears to be coming from
under one of the bus stops in front of the school. This could mean a break in
the Navy's 24" pipe located under Kaimakani Street which moves water from
its Halawa Pump Station or a lateral line leading off that pipe.
Crews shut down the waterline as of 10 a.m. This action
had to be done slowly as to not damage the water system. Electrical toning is
being performed to check for underground power lines. Excavation is scheduled
to begin soon.
It is anticipated that work will continue throughout the
day and into the night. It is unknown how long the repair may take.
The Navy's water customers are not affected by this
issue. Camp Smith and Halawa Housing are being fed through a cross connection
waterline from the Board of Water Supply.
The Navy does not provide water to the school; the Board
of Water Supply is their water source.
Currently, reported damages on Kaimakani Street include a
portion of the asphalt road, part of a side walk and a bus stop.