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Schatz: Hawai‘i County To Receive More Than $1.3 Million To Help Strengthen Water Infrastructure, Keep Wastewater Treatment Plants Running During Natural Disasters

Eight New Generators Will Be Installed On Big Island

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the County of Hawai‘i will receive $1,376,067 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support wastewater treatment. This funding covers eight new emergency power generators, helping to ensure wastewater treatment plants and sewer pump stations remain functional during a natural hazard or severe weather event.

“The Big Island faces many unique environmental threats, and a failure to treat wastewater due to a power outage would be catastrophic,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This funding mitigates that risk by allowing for safe and effective treatment when power is lost, in turn keeping our streets accessible, our oceans and coasts clean, and our families healthy.”

The eight generators, four stationary and four trailer mounted, will be installed at:

  • Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Kolea Sewer Pump Station
  • Kulaimanu Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Onekahakaha Sewer Pump Station
  • Papaikou Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Pauka‘a Sewer Pump Station
  • Wailua Sewer Pump Station
  • Wailuku Sewer Pump Station