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Letters for Oct. 15, 2014

• State cesspool rules changes are needed • Change from cesspools will be costly • 25 mph can be translated to mean ‘speed trap ahead’

State cesspool rules changes are needed

Please take a few minutes to read about the proposed changes, first since 2004, to the State Wastewater Systems Rules at and send in your comments to by this Friday, Oct. 17. What goes in cesspools? Untreated kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, toilet and utility sink waste from 14,000 cesspools on Kauai. Where does it go? Into the ground and sometimes into groundwater. Kitchen soap and food scraps, bathroom soap, untreated toilet waste and who knows what gets run down through utility sinks.

It is a solid plan to swap septic for cesspool at sale time and also to start replacing cesspools along the ocean and streams. This has proven effective in Hanalei. Please take the time to review proposed changes and write to the Department of Health.

Robert Zelkovsky


Change from cesspools will be costly

When my father on Oahu was forced to convert from cesspools to a sewer in the Kahaluu area in the 80s, his water bill went from $30 every two months, to over $100 every month. Water and sewer are combined, even if you water your garden a lot, you still have to pay sewage fees as though every drop you use goes into the sewer.

We can’t afford a sewage treatment plant in every rural locale on this island. Sure Dorothy, that’s fine for Princeville, but not every little rural place like Haena, Wainiha, Hanalei, Kilauea, Moloaa, Anahola, same thing on the south and west sides. We are too spread out to have a sewer for everyone on this island. Look at the big picture, get real about this.

Fred Moore


25 mph can be translated to mean ‘speed trap ahead’

When you’re driving down the highway and see a sign that says “Speed Trap Ahead,” most likely you would slow down. OK, the sign does not literally say “Speed Trap,” it says “25 mph.” Same thing. So if you don’t slow down when you see “Speed Trap Ahead” in any language, it’s your own fault if you get nailed. And in reality, it’s not a trap. There is a warning posted. If there were no warning, that would be a trap.

John Patt



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