Mechanical failure causes Kihei wastewater overflow

Published On: Sep 05 2013 11:28:53 AM HST

The County of Maui's Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 1,900 gallons occurred on near the intersection of South Kihei Road and Waimahaihai Street in Kihei due to mechanical failure at the Kihei #6 Pump Station early Thursday.

The overflow started at 2:05 a.m. and was stopped by 2:10 a.m., according to county officials.

Wastewater flowed from the pump station site to the grassy area in the adjacent lot occupied by the Kihei Fire Station.  Approximately 35 gallons of the overflow entered a storm sewer fronting the pump station on South Kihei Road, about 1,000 feet away from the ocean.

Bacteriological analyses are being conducted, however, the department is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean, and there are no beach closures.

County officials malfunction was corrected and the spill site at S. Kihei Road was cleaned and disinfected. The State Department of Health has been notified.

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