Crews finish repairing water main in Kailua

Published: Apr. 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 13, 2012 at 3:19 AM HST
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Lois Cook
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Doug Flood
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KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Board of Water Supply crews have completed work to fix a broken water main in Kailua.

Crews removed and replaced about 25 feet of pipe along Nunu Street. The Board and residents said the main breaks repeatedly, and residents are fed up.

Approximately 12 to 14 customers were affected by the eight-inch main break. Officials say the break left a sinkhole in the street and caused flooding and ponding in yards.

Neighbors say this is the fifth or sixth break for the water main this month alone.

"It would be nice to have running water. This is our sixth time the water's been shut off in the last few weeks," Nunu Street resident Lois Cook said.

A BWS spokesperson admits the main, which was installed in 1955, was reported broken multiple times.

"It pops in one place and they come out and they fix it. It pops ten feet away the next day or a week later. And every place on this street with cones is where one of these has been," Nunu Street resident Doug Flood said.

The BWS says it is looking into a possible re-design of the main to address the problem. It says possible causes of the latest break include tree root intrusion and pressure problems.

Officials say work to repair the main will continue through the evening.

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