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Preventing Sewer Spills

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By: Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Everyday, Honolulu city crews check sewer pipes in local neighborhoods.

And they try to prevent spills, like the ones that happened two weeks ago, after the heavy rains.

They use a vactor truck, which helps to clear debris that may be clogging sewer pipes. Workers send a blue, high-pressured hose down to clean out a pipe.

"So we can go 200 feet at a time. After we pull it back it will bring all the debris or cut grease, or roots that's in the line," said Keith Faufata, sewer maintenance employee.

Then, they suck out debris using a big, vacuum-like hose. They also receive help from a camera, which they drop down the pipe.

"Just identifying problems in the pipes, broken pipes, cracks, laterals, grease, roots, that may grow into the pipes," said Jay McColgan, camera inspector.

In another truck, a worker controls the camera and examines the pipe.

Crews say it's important that residents do their part in helping to prevent sewage spills. They ask that you watch what you throw down your drain, because it all ends up in the pipes. And on the next rainy day, it could cause major problems.

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