HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The state has seen little participation in a program that offers tax credits to homeowners who upgrade from cesspools to alternative wastewater systems.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that a state law providing $10,000 in tax credits to upgrade cesspools to a septic system or an aerobic tank system went into effect in January. Since then, the state Department of Health has only received 11 applications.
The program was rolled out just two months before the state banned new cesspool construction across Hawaii. In March, Gov. David Ige cited reduction in sewage pollution as the primary reason for signing off on the ban.
According to the health department, there are 90,000 cesspools in Hawaii and they release about 55 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground daily.