A water main breaks almost every day in Honolulu. On Thursday, one broke two blocks away from the Civil Beat office in Kaimuki.

From 2008 to 2012, the resulting repairs have cost ratepayers more than $80 million, not to mention all the wasted water.

In all, Honolulu has 2,100 miles of underground pipe, some of it is over a century old. But water crews are only able to repair or replace a few miles of pipe each year under the current budget.

And, the Hawaii Department of Health has failed to spend millions of federal dollars allocated to improve Hawaii’s drinking water infrastructure, according to the Star-Advertiser.

For more information, read Civil Beat’s coverage of the cost of water main breaks here.


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