Illegal encampments blocking sewage pumping station
The Maui News
Maui County has issued notices to vacate to people with illegal encampments and vehicles blocking access to the Wailuku sewage pump station off Kahului Beach Road.
The area currently has unpermitted encampment structures and about 17 vehicles, the county said in a news release Tuesday evening. Some structures have been blocking vehicle access to the pump station, located near the Y. Hata property.
Notices to vacate the pump station property were issued, with social workers conducting outreach and offering individuals services such as alternative housing.
Mayor Michael Victorino said it was unsafe for people to stay in the area.
“Our county employees need safe, unobstructed, 24/7 access to that pump station, especially in the event of a sewage spill,” he said in the news release. “We cannot allow unpermitted structures to remain in that area for the safety of county employees and the people who’ve been staying there.”
Located on county property, the Wailuku pump station handles 2 million to 2.5 million gallons of raw sewage a day from the Central Maui area.