Thursday, July 14, 2011


Nuuanu Stream once again polluted by design

by Larry Geller

Snip from today’s breaking news in the Star-Advertiser:

The state Health Department is putting up warning signs along Nuuanu Stream after a 350-gallon sewer manhole overflow at Waikahululu Lane.

A Health Department spokesman said grease buildup clogged a 6-inch line that backed up

The sewage discharged entered the stream through a storm drain mauka of Foster Botanical Garden.

[Star-Advertiser, Warning signs posted along Nuuanu Stream and Ala Wai, 7/14/2011]


Could the storm drain be this one, or one of the others spewing into Nuuanu Stream pictured in The swamp that feeds the river in Chinatown, and a vision of cleaning it up (8/13/2010)?

This picture was taken just mauka of School Street. That’s Foster Garden in the distance. So I’m guessing that the spill came out of this pipe, though there are other possibilities. The swivel cover is probably intended to stop rats from using the pipe.

The scene pictured is filthy, ugly, and the place smells bad. Stagnant water covers an exposed sewer main. Runoff from the H-1 enters Nuuanu Stream here.

So no wonder that when a manhole overflows, the water is put in into Nuuanu Stream. The stream is designed into Honolulu’s waste water disposal system.

If we want to clean up this and other streams, we need to change the blueprints.

For more disgusting pictures, see the linked article.



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