Repairs on water main break in Kahala finished
Main was originally installed in 1952; 5 customers were without water
The Board of Water Supply says repairs on a 24-inch water main break that closed Waialae Beach Park in Kahala since Thursday morning has been completed.
Water service was restored at around 2:30 p.m.
As of 2:45 p.m. Friday, crews were working to repair the road. A contraflow was in effect while the roadwork was being done.
Repairs to the road was expected to go into Friday evening.
The Board of Water Supply says it is trying to balance affordable rates with the need to replace the aging infrastructure. It says pipeline condition is difficult to assess because the pipes are buried underground and breaks and leaks are not always due to age.
In January 2012, the BWS implemented a new 5-year rate schedule that called for a 9.65 percent rate increase per year over the five year period. The BWS raised rates to fund the maintenance and replacement of Oahu’s aging water infrastructure to meet its operational requirements and to ensure system reliability. The funding will facilitate proactive pipeline replacement to minimize water main breaks and will also be used to renew the BWS's pumps, reservoirs, and treatment plants.
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