Some people in Kahului, Hawaii, are worried about deteriorating sewage pipes, which residents say are rotting and leaking wastewater near beaches, the Maui News reports.
Steve Allen, a plumbing company owner in Kahului, told the paper his employees see sewage system issues often, mostly near the ocean. Allen told the news source cast-iron pipes can corrode in as little as 20 years, which he suspects is occurring throughout the island. "The pipes are rotting right at the beachfront," he told the paper.
Responding to Allen's claim that water leaks and other plumbing issues in Kahului go unchecked, Hawaii Department of Health deputy director Gary Gill told the newspaper he thinks it's all residents' obligation to report leaks to the city, or, if they're on private property, for home and business owners to fix them.
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle recently stated the city has plans to fix wastewater infrastructure with the help of state funding, which is aimed to repair the aging system while also create jobs.