The New Cesspool Upgrade Task Force

A new bill was passed on March 1, 2018 that establishes a Cesspool Upgrade Task Force which will focus on converting cesspools in high priority areas within the next fifteen years.

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The bill S.B. 2567 specifies that an appointed counsel consisting of government officials and representatives from non-governmental organizations will from now on advise the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) on how to ensure that cesspools on properties that are within priority upgrade areas are upgraded within fifteen years. The task force will present its findings in 2019 and be dissolved afterwards.

This bill is an answer to the question of who should lead the way in the new era of the HDOH cesspool upgrade campaign. With over 40,000 cesspools still classified as risks to our water resources, a step needed to be taken to form a strategy for the enormous task of converting tens of thousands of cesspools individually.

Our team at Laulea hopes for constructive teamwork and is excited for new developments in our quest to elevate Hawaii’s approach to wastewater challenges by providing progressive, collaborative, and reliable engineering solutions.