WAILUKU – The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reports that a wastewater overflow of approximately 1,250 gallons occurred on February 14, in Wailuku.
The overflow was reported at 8:40 a.m. and was stopped by 9:20 a.m.
The overflow was caused by equipment malfunction at Waiehu Pump Station, when power was lost due to strong winds in the area. Gusts neared 50 mph Saturday morning in Central and West Maui. The wastewater flowed from a manhole fronting the Waiehu Pump Station on Akake Street, and flowed along the roadway into a storm drain.
The good news is that the overflow did not reach the ocean. The not-so-good news is that the spill was prevented from reaching the ocean because the storm drain was completely blocked with sand. The spill site was disinfected and the State Department of Health was notified.