Failed pump leaks 50,000 gal­lons off Keo­ni­ana Road

The Garden Island - - Front Page - Jes­sica Else

PRINCEVILLE — A sewage spill re­leased about 50,000 gal­lons of waste­water in an un­oc­cu­pied area off Keo­ni­ana Road on Wed­nes­day, and some could have got­ten to the shore­line.

The state Depart­ment of Health is­sued an ad­vi­sory for the pub­lic, warn­ing peo­ple to stay away from the spill.

Ac­cord­ing to Princeville Util­i­ties Com­pany, Inc. (PUCI), faulty equip­ment is blamed for the spill.

The waste­water spill was caused by a pump mo­tor fail­ure at PUCI’s Pump Sta­tion 1, said Brand Suizu, PUCI man­ager in a state­ment to TGI.

Team mem­bers from PUCI im­me­di­ately ad­dressed the spill, Suizu said, and re­pairs to the pump mo­tor are un­der­way, ac­cord­ing to DOH.

The waste­water also reached a nearby stream, which nei­ther of the en­ti­ties named.

“The spill lo­ca­tion is not read­ily ac­ces­si­ble by the pub­lic,” Suizu said.

Warn­ing signs have been posted along the stream trail and shore­line where the stream meets the ocean and will re­main in place un­til DOH or­ders their re­moval.

That will hap­pen af­ter water sam­ples show safe lev­els of bac­te­ria in the water, ac­cord­ing to DOH. Those water sam­ples are cur­rently be­ing col­lected.

Princeville’s re­sort prop­er­ties, res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties and com­mer­cial busi­nesses are not af­fected.

Suizu said PUCI will con­tinue work­ing with DOH on the sta­tus of the pump, and will be in­volved in cleanup ac­tiv­i­ties.

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