Lahaina residents able to return to normal water use

Contractor broke 20-inch sewer force main

 UPDATED 8:22 PM HST May 07, 2013
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Maui County officials asked all Lahaina residents to try to reduce the amount of water flowing from their homes into the county sewer system to prevent overflowing Tuesday evening.

As of 7:30 p.m., the spill was controlled and temporary repairs have been done on the 20-inch sewer force main.

Lahaina residents are now able to return to normal water use.

Department of Environmental Management officials reported that a Maui County contractor broke an existing 20 inch sewer force main around 2 p.m. Tuesday at a Wahikuli construction site.

The break forced the Lahaina 3 Pump Station to be shut down for repairs which affected all Lahaina residents from Puamana to the Lahaina Civic Center.

At 6 p.m., county officials asked that all Lahaina residents try to reduce the amount of times water goes down their drains Tuesday evening that will help prevent the system from overflowing.  This includes showers, sinks and toilets.

There were already reports of overflows happening and, as a result, crews closed all Lahaina beaches from Mala Wharf to Canoe Beach.

The beaches remained closed overnight as a precaution.

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