Hawaii County briefs for September 14

Sewer smoke tests slated in Papaikou

Department of Environmental Management work crews will be in the Mill Camp area of Papaikou from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23-27, weather permitting.

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The crews will be doing smoke test surveys to assist inspectors in identifying connections where rainwater (inflow) and groundwater (infiltration) can enter the sanitary sewer system.

Please note that the smoke used in testing might be seen coming from vent stacks on houses, sewer manholes or holes in the ground. This smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor, is white to gray in color and poses no fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter homes or businesses unless there are connections to the old sewer pipe in the area. Homeowners are advised to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to testing.

Traffic delays within the area could occur, and the department apologizes for any inconvenience.

Hookena Beach Park to be temporarily closed

The Department of Parks and Recreation informs the public that Hookena Beach Park will be closed Sept, 20 while the department conducts tree trimming work in all areas of the park, including the parking lot and around the pavilion.

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The department apologizes for any inconvenience.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 961-8311.

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