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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 21, 2006

Sewage plant malfunctions

Advertiser Staff

Nearly 600,000 gallons of partially treated sewage were discharged from the Barbers Point outfall yesterday afternoon.

City officials said the bottom of a fiberglass trough inside a clarifier at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant cracked and buckled about 2 p.m. yesterday. About 12 feet of the trough, also known as a "launder," failed and resulted in 597,524 gallons of wastewater being discharged, the city said.

Much of the discharge was diluted with effluent that had received secondary treatment, the city said. The outfall is more than two miles offshore and 200 feet deep, and the city said the discharge would have negligible effects on the environment.


LIHU'E, Kaua'i Police have identified a homeless woman found dead in the minivan she slept in as Jean Ann Baumler, 55, who was originally from Iowa.

Baumler was found Tuesday morning. Police said there was no sign of foul play.