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Water Main Break In Aiea Disrupts Traffic

It has been a long and frustrating day for drivers all over Oahu. One of the bigger trouble spots was in Aiea where a massive water main break caused water woes for drivers.

The Board of Water is urging customers from Red Hill to Hawaii Kai to conserve water. The main that broke transports 12 million gallons of water from a well to distribution lines and resivors serving the Honolulu area.

A puncture in the top of the line, possibly from corrosion, created a leak in one of Honolulu's larger water mains.

"It doesn't affect any businesses but it's a main transmission water main that goes into town," said Carl Watanabe of the Board of Water Supply. 

Water supply crews have to wait for the Hawaiian Electric Company to break down a concrete structure before they can get to the leak. Then they must wait for HECO to replace the duct line before it can fill the hole in the road.

"This morning was really bad. Looks like it's going to go all night. But it's not too bad, we'll handle it," said Sergeant Russell Shindo of the Honolulu Police Department. 

It is extremely disruptive for a housing contractor, which dispatches about 40 technicians each morning from its headquarters.

"With that turn lane being taken we're really backing up traffic and traffic's stopping abruptly," said Casey Robinson of DZS/Baker LLC Housing Maintenance. 

Robinson said it almost caused two accidents.

"We actually had one of our own technicians put on a hard hat and help direct traffic in and out of our own building."

The work should be finished by Tuesday night.

The water main supplies about 15 percent of metropolitan Honolulu. After the repairs it'll take another 12 hours to refill and recharge the distribution system.

And the water woes continued at a second water main break. The break shut water down service on street in Waipahu. The break at Kahualani Street affected six homes. A contractor from a nearby worksite was able to dig a hole around the broken main clearing the area for Board of Water Supply crews to make repairs.

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