Ala Wai project awaits arrival of more parts
: Why are there still pillars and sewer lines left on Ala Wai Boulevard? I thought that everything was to be gone at the end of last year. The barriers and ugly pipes are still there between Seaside Avenue and Lewers Street.
Answer: The portable pumps, barricades and piping are "standing by" as part of an emergency backup system to the city's Beachwalk Pump Station, said Markus Owens, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Services.
Owens explained that the Beachwalk Wastewater Emergency Bypass is at a "lull," as workers await the delivery of ordered parts and materials. Delivery is expected around April, at which time the project will begin anew.
The project is the result of the accidental discharge of wastewater into the Ala Wai Canal in March 2006, after weeks of rain caused an aging force main under Kaiolu Street to rupture.
"The goal is to always provide a continuous portable pump backup to the pump station to avoid a possible sewage spill," Owens said of the current project.
When the backup pumps are reinstalled next to the Beachwalk Pump Station, they will be used with the new underground sewage bypass line to the "Makai Vault."
Work also will entail building catwalks and installing a new electrical and ventilation system in the "Makai Vault," at Kuhio Avenue and Kaiolu Street.
At that point, the city plans to remove the remaining pipes along the Ala Wai.
"We will do a test of the restored backup system to establish what flows it can handle before making a final decision," Owens said.
The city also plans to install a permanent underground line connecting the two microtunneled lines under the Ala Wai Canal and Kaiolu Street to the Moana Pump Station at Ala Moana Park. Work on the two lines were completed last summer.
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