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Kihei wastewater projects focus of presentation

Three new low-cost, low-energy pilot green infrastructure systems that will be constructed in Kihei this summer to purify water coming out of the Kihei Wastewater Reclamation Facility will be the topic of a free Zoom presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The talk will be presented by Paul Sturm, executive director of Ridge to Reefs, a nonprofit that helps protect and restore coastal and coral reef ecosystems by reducing land-to-sea pollution with green infrastructure.

Sturm will present plans for three new Kihei wastewater disposal pilot projects that Ridge to Reefs will construct this summer with financial support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; assistance from John Astilla, founder and owner of Sunshine Vetiver Solutions; and construction support from Ali’i Farm Service.

“Through natural processes, we will reduce the amount of wastewater that needs to be disposed of. Any remaining wastewater will come as close as possible to drinking water standards, expanding opportunities for its reuse,” Sturm said. “Our Ridge to Reefs Kihei Wastewater Disposal Pilot will be up and running within two months, ready to demonstrate the effectiveness of Ridge to Reefs’ nature-based solutions as viable, affordable alternatives to groundwater injection disposal.”

The talk is part of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series.”

To register, visit bit.ly/KiheiWastewater.

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