EPA Worries Maui Wastewater Threatens Drinking Water

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to make Maui County fully disinfect all wastewater at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Center before it goes into the ground.

The proposed compliance order, which is subject to a 30-day public comment period before it can be finalized, is part of mounting pressure on county officials to address alleged environmental violations at the west side’s sewage treatment facility. This comes on top of a planned lawsuit by environmental groups over alleged release of wastewater directly into the ocean.

The public has until September 16 to comment on the order.

The treated wastewater discharged into the facility’s underground injection wells may contain levels of chloriform bacteria that exceed federal standards protecting a nearby drinking water aquifer, according to the EPA. The contamination would be in violation of the national Safe Drinking Water Act.

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