Sewage spill stinks up Ocean Pointe community for nearly 2 weeks

Published: Feb. 10, 2018 at 4:33 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2018 at 7:29 PM HST
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EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ewa Beach residents are frustrated with the length of time it's taking to fix a sewage line that's creating a major health hazard for the neighborhood.

John Mazzulla said he and his wife first noticed the sewage overflowing onto the sidewalk off Kaimalie Street on Jan. 29.

The source of the problem is about 50 feet away from a children's playground.

"You can't even stand here, there are so many flies," Mazzulla said.

The Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association was contacted and said it would be taken care of.

"A lady came by and put the cones around it and that was the extent of what they did," Mazzulla said.

But the problem persisted and by Saturday morning, Mazzulla said the sight and smell were intolerable.

Mazzulla and his neighbor made more calls, this time to the City, but they were told the City couldn't fix the issue because the sewer line was on private property.

A City spokesman said they decided to get involved anyway, because it was an emergency.

Crews arrived Saturday to help alleviate some pressure and clean up the mess, but is now leaving it up to the association and state health department to handle the matter.

"Apparently there's a discrepancy on whether it's dedicated to the city or still privately maintained," said Kevin Rathbun, board of directors president for the Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association.

Rathbun said Saturday was the first time he was made aware of the spill.

He admitted there may have been a breakdown in communication, but promised residents the problem will be fixed.

"I think this is an unfortunate situation that needs to be cleaned up because it's an environmental issue and I want to get that addressed immediately," Rathbun said. "Whatever it's going to take, we're going to clean up this mess today."

In a statement late Saturday, the DOH said: "DOH spoke with the General Manager for Ocean Pointe, Naomie Ramos, and she said that the plumber had cleared blockage (the clean out cap had been shoved into the pipe) and the areas had been cleaned and sanitized."

This story may be updated.

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