Kaimuki business owners frustrated with reoccurring water main problems

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Repair work on a broken water main wrapped up on Waialae Avenue Tuesday, but drivers should still avoid the area.

That part of Kaimuki’s main thoroughfare between Koko Head and 13th Avenues has been closed since about 7 p.m. Monday and still needs to be repaved, and folks who use Waialae know this isn’t the first time a pipe broke in this area.

Business owners in the area are frustrated because they say this is a reoccurring issue. On top of that, the city just finished repaving the street last year, a project that took two years and millions of dollars to complete.

In October 2014, a pipe burst in the same place, in front of Queen Liliuokalani Elementary School and a paving crew fixed the street.

City Council member Ann Kobayashi believes the pipe is from the 1920s and the Board of Water Supply has a plan to replace it.

Kobayashi couldn’t say why the pipes keep breaking in that area, but she did say the cost is high to replace them.

In the meantime, two homes lost service Monday night due to the broken water main, but water was restored to them Tuesday morning.

The Board of Water Supply later told KHON2 News that the 12-inch main is made of cast iron and was installed sometime in the 1920s-early 1930s, but didn’t say when it would be replaced.

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