Power restored to wastewater treatment plant after flood cleanup
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Hawaii's largest sewage treatment plant is back online. The Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant was damaged in the heavy rains of Hurricane Ana last week.
Crews were able to restore 3 clarifiers late Friday night, enough to get the plant back to normal operations.
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.