New Sewer Pipes

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / DECEMBER 15, 2010 / - By ALANA FOLEN

Hawaii Kai res­i­dents may have no­ticed con­struc­tion along Kala­ni­anaole High­way and a por­tion of Lu­nalilo Home Road, which is all be­cause of a sewer line re­place­ment project by Hawaii Amer­i­can Wa­ter.

A wholly owned sub­sidiary of Amer­i­can Wa­ter, HAW is work­ing to re­place about one-fourth mile of pres­sur­ized pipe­line, con­sid­ered a crit­i­cal com­po­nent in the col­lec­tion sys­tem used to con­vey the com­mu­nity’s waste­water to its East Honolulu Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.

Ac­cord­ing to man­ager Lee Mans­field, re­place­ment of this pipe­line is nec­es­sary be­cause at 50 years old, it has nearly reached the end of its “use­ful life.”

“In­stalling a new sewer main at this lo­ca­tion is part of an on­go­ing process of im­prov­ing our in­fra­struc­ture and al­low­ing Hawaii Amer­i­can Wa­ter to con­tinue to pro­vide its high level of ser­vice,” said Mans­field. “Mak­ing these types of in­vest­ments to­day will re­duce the po­ten­tial for sewage spills and will pro­tect hu­man health and our en­vi­ron­ment for years to come.”

The force main has been in­stalled, and crews re­cently re­stored, repaved and re­striped the road. At least one lane in each di­rec­tion is open at all times and work is ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of the year.

The pri­vate com­pany serves about 30,000 res­i­dents.

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