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Wastewater disposal in Maalaea is topic

The Ma’alaea Village Association will hold a town meeting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s downstairs classroom at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

On the agenda will be discussions on wastewater treatment in Maalaea, the changing regulatory climate, impacts of wastewater treatment systems on Maalaea Bay and the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment plant for Maalaea Village.

The panel will include representatives from Maui Ocean Center; the state Department of Health Wastewater Division and Hawaii Water Service Co., the owner/operator of the Pukalani wastewater system regulated by the state Public Utilities Commission.

The association said every condominium and business in Maalaea uses injection wells to dispose of treated wastewater. It noted that several Maalaea condominiums are under enforcement action from the state Department of Health to rebuild their wastewater treatment plants. Cost estimates are around $1 million each, a news release said.

The association said it takes no position on the issue but is acting as a resource and information conduit.