The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case centered on how Maui County treats its wastewater. The outcome could impact thousands on the valley isle.
For nearly 40 years, the county has used a system that allows for recycled water to be used on irrigation while wastewater is released into ocean.
Some environmental groups filed suit saying this is a violation of the Clean Water Act and the county needs a permit.
“We’ve already succeeded twice in having our case decided in our favor. being that the ground waters are polluting the nearshore coral reef waters. and its being polluted by our own injection wells. so the hope with the lawsuit is to try to stop the problem,” said Hawaii Wildlife Fund’s director, Hannah Bernard.
A spokesman for Maui County said it takes its mission seriously to protect the public’s health and safety but adds it wants workable solutions not “costly government red tape.”