The Department of Health (DOH) has initiated the process to accept written comments and hold a public hearing on proposed changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-62, Wastewater Systems.
Proposed changes include prohibiting the installation of new cesspools and requiring connections or upgrades of existing cesspools to septic systems within 180 days after sale of property. A list of all proposed changes may be found here: Rationale document.
A public hearing was held on Oahu Thursday, October 2, 2014 with videoconferencing to the outer islands.
Due to many concerns voiced by residents on all islands, the Public Comment period has been extended to Friday, October 17, 2014.
In addition, DOH will be holding public informational meetings on the Neighbor Islands to discuss the proposed administrative rule changes at the following locations. Written comments will be accepted by DOH at these meetings.
KAUAI: Monday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Kauai District Health Office conference room, 3040 Umi St., Lihue
KONA: Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
MOLOKAI: Friday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Kaunakakai Gymnasium at 180 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai
MAUI: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 8th Floor of Kalana O Maui Building., 200 S. High St., Wailuku
HILO: Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m., Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi St., Suite 1, Hilo
For more information on the community meetings schedule, contact the Wastewater Branch at (808) 586-4294.
Written statements will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Friday, October 17th at the Wastewater Branch, Environmental Management Division, State Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 309, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 4920.
Vice-Chair, Hawai’I County Council