Column: Rare opportunity to convert cesspools
Apr 29, 2022
Hawaii has more than 88,000 cesspools, and these substandard sanitation systems discharge 53 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground and our groundwater every single day. Whether you have a cesspool or not, this sewage pollution hurts all of us by posing threats to drinking water, human health, our environment and our economy (including tourism).
A recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser guest column by Stuart Coleman, executive director of WAI Org Inc. and a member of the state’s Cesspool Conversion Working Group, urges Hawaii to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the state to access federal funding to assist homeowners with the costs of converting these substandard systems.