On Monday, January 21, Navy personnel responded to a call received at 6:53 a.m. regarding a water spill on Paul Hamilton Avenue (also known as Avenue D) near South Avenue, Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam. Crews were immediately dispatched and found a wastewater spill from a ruptured 18-inch force main. The break was quickly bypassed and the spill stopped by 9 a.m.
An estimated 20,000 gallons of wastewater spilled, with an estimated 6,000 gals entering an area storm drain which empties into the harbor. The impacted receiving water is controlled by the Navy and notifications to limit access has been completed. All land-based cleanup was completed by 12 p.m.
Repairs of the force main are underway with work expected to continue throughout the evening. A completion time is unknown at this time. Of note, this segment of line has been identified and is scheduled for replacement in 2019.
The Navy made all necessary notifications to the State Department of Health (DOH) as required. This public notification is a requirement of Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 11 Chapter 62 and designed to protect human health and the environment.