EPA begins sewer line inspections, drinking water sampling in Hawai’i following wildfires

(UI) – Starting the week of February 5th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started work on Mission Assignment from FEMA to clear and inspect nearly 100,000 linear feet of sewer lines within Lahaina.

These sewer line inspections will allow the County of Maui to prioritize the emergency repairs needed to protect the wastewater treatment plant from excess infiltration of salt water through damaged sewer pipes. Work is expected to be completed within five days of the initial notice. All inspections and work in Lahaina will take approximately 30 days to be completed.

EPA also received a Mission Assignment from FEMA to assist the County of Maui with restoration of the drinking water system. The wildfires caused widespread pressure loss and heat damage to pipes in the burn zone, which can release contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the pipes. EPA continues to partner with the Maui Department of Water Supply and the Hawai’i Department of Health to sample the water throughout these pipes and, if contamination is found, ensure that it is isolated from the rest of the system.


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