Kauai receives $3 million to upgrade water systems

WASHINGTON – The Hawaii Department of Water received $18.6 million in an effort to protect the quality of drinking water in the state.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds include a $10.3 million grant for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and an $8.3 million grant for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The money will be used to provide loans to counties for upgrades to drinking water and wastewater facilities. It will also be used to modernize aging water systems, and make facilities more energy and water efficient.

The County of Kauai’s Department of Public Works will be getting $3 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to make renovations to the sewage pump stations in Hanamaulu and Kapaia.

Renovations include expanding the capacity of the system and replacing efficiency pumps, said Joanna Seto, chief of the Safe Drinking Water Branch for DOH.

Kauai will not be getting a share of the Drinking Water State Revolving fund because the Kauai Department of Water has enough money in their coffers for projects, Seto added.

The Department of Public Works will soon be seeking approval from the Kauai County Council to apply for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, said Mary Daubert, county spokeswoman.

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