LIHUE — Cesspools are front and center at two meetings scheduled for Kauai at the beginning of August and the public still has the chance to get in on one of them.
Tonight, Hawaii Department of Health is holding a meeting at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center from 6 to 8. On the agenda is an overview of how septic systems and cesspools work and details on the December DOH report on priority areas for cesspool replacement.
In that report, 14 areas were identified throughout the state as places where cesspools were impacting drinking water, streams and watersheds, and beaches and water quality in surf areas.
Kapaa/Wailua was identified as a priority 2 area with 2,900 cesspools and the Poipu/Koloa area was also identified as a priority 2 area with 3,600 cesspools. Priority 3 areas like Hanalei are places were cesspools have the potential to impact important waters.
Statewide, 43,000 residential cesspools were identified for replacement.
Tonight’s meeting is the last of five that DOH has held statewide.
Also on Thursday, other water experts will be meeting at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort to chat water quality, cesspools and pesticides in the groundwater. It’s the Fourth Joint Government Water Conference, with the theme of “protecting Kauai’s groundwater” hosted by the state Department of Health Environmental Health Administration office.