Maui County to appeal wastewater discharge case to US Supreme Court

Maui County to appeal wastewater discharge case to US Supreme Court

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County could is gearing up for a legal battle over wastewater.

County officials say they will appeal its Lahaina wastewater case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That's after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected the County's petition to reconsider it's February ruling that said the county violated the Clean Water Act.

Since the early 80s, Maui injected untreated sewage into wells that leaked into the ocean, causing environmental damage.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa recently said the county plans to eliminate the daily use of injection wells in Kahului within a year.

The county also says that it plans to start using recycled water for county irrigation.

"This is possible because our wastewater goes through a thorough treatment process. Our R-1 treatment includes membrane filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, and chlorination," Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said in his 2018 State of the County address in February.

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