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Honolulu fined $100K for sewage spills in August 2015

March 18, 2017 - 9:09am

HONOLULU (AP) — The city of Honolulu has been fined $100,000 for mistakes that triggered a number of sewage spills in August 2015.

Heavy rains caused sewer overflows in Kailua and Kaneohe three times in August 2015. The damage forced the city to close Waikiki Beach for days.

State health department and Honolulu officials say a broken pump at the Ala Moana Pump Station and city employee errors led to the discharges, the largest of which sent 500,000 gallons of raw sewage into the streets.

The city has agreed to pay the fine and says an undisclosed number of employees were disciplined for deactivating an alarm at the pump station. City officials have also agreed to set new rules for how to handle a similar alarm in the future.

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