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City Unveils Plans to Avoid Another Sewage Spill

Work crews make repairs to a ruptured sewage line along the Ala Wai Canal back in March. Work crews make repairs to a ruptured sewage line along the Ala Wai Canal back in March.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann announces a Waikiki sewage bypass line to avoid another spill. Mayor Mufi Hannemann announces a Waikiki sewage bypass line to avoid another spill.

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - It's a top priority for the City of Honolulu.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann wants to build a temporary bypass line in Waikiki to help prevent another sewage spill.

"This is the utmost priority in my administration," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

So he wants to build a temporary bypass line as soon as possible. The City already had plans to build a new sewer main next year.

But then the 42-year-old Waikiki main ruptured on March 24, 2006.

Now plans are underway to build an emergency bypass until a permanent line is completed. The mayor's asking the state to waive the permit process so the city can act fast.

"The Governor had some questions with respect to these waivers we've been asking for. We've answered those questions and we need their cooperation to make this happen here," said Mayor Hannemann.

The $20 million project will be done in two phases. It will start at the Beachwalk Wastewater Pump Station in Waikiki, run underground along Kaiolu Street across the Ala Wai. It will end near the Diamond Head entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park. It will then connect to another line, leading to the Sand Island Sewage Plant.

"It'll be a little noise but I think it'll definitely be worth it," said Liz Cole, who lives in Waikiki.

"I think we're willing to tolerate noise and other disruptions just so the sewer system can be fixed for good," said local resident Mike Peters.

Mayor Hannemann wants this project completed by the end of the year, before the rainy season begins next year.

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