Water woes dampen Oahu streets over weekend

Published On: Aug 25 2013 04:35:00 PM HST

Water service has been restored and streets decontaminated after two separate incidents resulted in sewage water spilling on McCully Street and water service being shutdown for a handful of Kalihi residents.

The first incident involved an estimated 1,500 gallons of sewage spilling onto a McCully Street and Kapiolani Boulevard Saturday.

According to the Department of Health's Clean Water Branch, the "private spill" by the McCully Shopping Center was caused due to blockage that resulted in the sewage seeping out of two clean outs.

A private contractor was able to suck up the overflowing sewage in addition with spraying disinfectant on the affected areas.

Sewage that did enter a secondary drain at Pumehana Street and was absorbed by debris in and a storm drain box on opposite side of street.

Warning signs were posted along the Ala Wai Canal, but it was later determined that no sewage had entered the drainage canal bordering Waikiki.

This incident occurred only days after the "black noodle" sewage lined was removed from the canal.

A separate water main break left six Kalihi homes without water for most of Sunday.

It began around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Kalihi Street between Kahai and Silva Streets.

According to the Board of Water Supply, six homes were without water for most of Sunday, with service being restored around 5 p.m. that day.


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