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1,900 Gallons of Wastewater Overflows in Kīhei

September 5, 2013, 10:51 AM HST
* Updated September 5, 11:55 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

A 1,900 gallon waste water overflow, reported early this morning in South Maui, is being attributed to a mechanical failure at the Kīhei #6 Pump Station, county officials said.

The incident was reported at 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, and was stopped at 2:10 a.m., according to information released by the county’s Environmental Management department.

The spill occurred near the intersection of South Kīhei Road and Waimāhaʻihaʻi Street.

“Wastewater flowed from the pump station site to the grassy area in the adjacent lot occupied by the Kīhei Fire Station,” county officials said in a press release.

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Official say an estimated 35 gallons of the overflow entered a storm sewer fronting the pump station on South Kīhei Road, about 1,000 feet away from the ocean.

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

Officials say the malfunction has since been corrected and the spill site at S. Kīhei Road was cleaned and disinfected.

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