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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2006

Mayor defends city's action in sewage spill

Advertiser Staff

At a press conference today Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann defended his administration's handing of the recent 48-million gallon sewage spill into the Ala Wai Canal, and criticized "arm chair quarterbacks" who don't understand the complexities of the city's infrastructure.

Such ideas as pumping sewage into trucks to be transported to nearby manholes, or bringing in tankers to haul the spill out to sea are "ludicrious ideas" that would have only compounded an already chaotic emergency, the mayor said.

The mayor had nothing but praise for the round-the-clock efforts of city crews to stem what he described as one of the worst sewage spills in the city's history, which was brought on by record amounts of rains for more than a month.