Friday, March 3, 2017

Work To Upgrade Sewer Pump Stations Will Affect Two Areas, Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Learns

Construction is coming to two Kaneohe neighborhoods, we learned at our February meeting. The projects will upgrade sewage pump stations to help ensure that untreated waste doesn’t flow into Kaneohe Bay.

The pump stations are at 45-013 Kahanahou Place and 45-044 Holowai Place. They were built in 1966 and are two stories tall, with most of the works underground. The two stations are among 26 that move sewage from low-lying areas of Kaneohe and Kailua to the Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plan.

Tyson T. Toyama tells
our meeting about
pump station plans.
A representative of Okahara and Associates, the engineering firm that is overseeing the project, told us that the work to upgrade the stations is expected to start in October and last about two years. Okahara Vice President Tyson T. Toyama said the work will involve:
Replacing pumps, pipes, valves and generators at both stations.
Installing a standby generator at the Holowai Place stations.
Putting in new sewer lines to serve the Kahanahou Place station.

Mr. Toyama said the new sewer lines will require digging up some streets and relocating some power lines in the Kahanhou area but not the Holawai area. 

He said crews will provide either vehicle and pedestrian access or other accommodations for people who need to get access to the affected areas during construction.

Mr. Toyama said the work is part of a larger project that also involves digging a tunnel under the bay to carry waste to the Kailua treatment plant. He said the pump project is designed so those facilities can provide strong service for an additional 50 years.

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