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Residential debris causes Christmas wastewater spill

January 3, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The County of Maui's Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 566 gallons occurred on Christmas Day along Ani Street in Kahului due to rags and debris in the mainline.

This sort of overflow can be avoided if residents do not flush cloth and other insoluble material down their toilets.

"We've found all sorts of things in our pipes that shouldn't be there," said Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza. "Underwear, hand towels, feminine hygiene products and other items such as wet wipes should go into the trash can instead of the toilet. Wet wipes especially are a huge problem."

Most wet wipes, wet naps, moist towelettes and anti-bacterial hand wipes do not dissolve in water and can clog a drain as easily as rags and other insoluble refuse. Some brands do make flushable/dissolvable wipes--check first before deciding to flush something down the toilet.

In this latest spill, wastewater flowed from a sewer manhole on Ani Street and entered a storm drain. No wastewater reached the ocean or other waterways.



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