Preparing for fire protection

FIRST PHOTO: A crew from Maui Kupono Builders installs a 12-inch water main beneath Wailuku’s Nani Street last week. The contractor will replace waterlines, which are undersized, to provide adequate fire protection. The work began in February and should be completed by October.

SECOND PHOTO: Maui Kupono Builders lead man Dave Blevins (from left), operator Monte Bell and pipe fitter Eddie Akahi install a temporary “blow-off” section of pipe last week on Nani Street in Wailuku. Blevins said a large sponge would be forced through the pipe and out the blow-off to scour clean the main line.