HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's largest sewage treatment plant is getting closer to being back online. The Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant was damaged in the heavy rains of Hurricane Ana.
Hurricane Ana shorted the electricity, sparked a fire and shutdown the system. However the Sand Island facility is still able to operate, just not as efficiently.
An estimated 20 million gallons of sewage overflowed inside the building although none of it made it outside. It did blow the electrical system. It also didn't help that the City was renovating three of the tanks at the time.
The City hopes to prevent another incident by raising the bulkhead walls and blocking holes in tanks during construction. The City has to pay a $75,000 deductible, but insurance should cover the rest of the costs.
The City is testing bacteria levels where sewage is released and levels have been safe. The mayor is hoping to test the pumps tonight and have full service back by tomorrow.
The facility is still working thanks to gravity. People don't need to change their flushing habits although as always don't flush anything other than waste and toilet paper.