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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 7:14 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2006

Most of 'Ewa Beach without water

Advertiser Staff

Most of the 'Ewa Beach community has been left without running water after a private contractor working along Fort Weaver Road accidentally cracked a 36-inch water main this afternoon.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply spokeswoman Su Shin said the break occurred around 2 p.m., but initially it wasn't clear that the crew had hit such a large line. Shin said they first thought the line that broke might have been a nearby 8-inch pipe.

Shin estimated the break stopped or severely reduced water flow to about 3,600 homes.

She said the break was at 91-1200 Fort Weaver Road, near the entrance to the Hawai'i Prince Golf Club. "That's the main line for the whole community," she said.

City water crews were working to isolate and repair the problem. Shin said it was unclear how long it would take to repair the line because the extent of the damage was still being determined.

She said city officials dispatched three tank trucks to provide water for residents to use last night.

The largest tanker is at Papipi Road near 'Ewa Elementary School. A smaller truck is at 'Ewa Beach Community Park across from Campbell High School on North Road, and a third truck is roving the community.

"We're of course hoping that it (the repair) will be done before morning," Shin said.