Stop Wastewater Discharge in Maui

Target: Maui County, Hawaii

Goal: Stop the excessive and illegal discharge of wastewater into the ocean.

A Lahaina wastewater facility in Maui, Hawaii, has been found dumping partially treated wastewater into the ocean near the shore. A lot of the water flows to nearby Kahekili Beach Park, a popular tourist area. The wastewater is dumped without a federal permit, and is causing harm to both people and wildlife.

Three to five million gallons of wastewater is discharged into the ocean each day. This wastewater has had a proven negative effect on life around it, including harming the ocean’s ecosystem by increasing algae growth and increasing staph infections in swimmers who enter the polluted water. Additionally, pharmaceutical chemicals and fire retardants are present in the wastewater. These also cause harm to beachgoers and the ecosystem of the area.

Maui County is aware of the problems the wastewater pose to the ecosystem, yet does nothing to stop it. The county has never gotten a federal wastewater discharge permit, nor has it ever applied for one. The wastewater is being dumped in the ocean carelessly and illegally. It needs to be stopped in order to save the fragile ecosystem of the ocean.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Maui County:

A wastewater facility in Lahaina has been discharging partially treated wastewater into the ocean. The water has been shown through tracer dye to flow to nearby Kahekili Beach Park. The wastewater contains chemicals which harms the ecosystem of this area.

I ask you to stop the illegal discharge of this wastewater. There has been no permit acquired for this discharge. The chemicals in the water have been proven to harm both the wildlife and beachgoers in the area. Stopping the discharge of the wastewater will help protect the people in the area and the ecosystem.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. As a owner of vacation property on Maui I am very disturbed at the lack of government responsibility on this matter.
    This is illegal and needs to be corrected NOW.

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