The Wastewater Branch administers the statewide engineering functions relating to water pollution control, municipal and private wastewater treatment works program, individual wastewater systems program and the water pollution control revolving fund program. The various program activities include the review and approval of all new wastewater systems including septic tanks, monitoring of all existing wastewater systems including cesspools, implementation of the planning, design and construction of several major wastewater treatment works projects annually including review for approval of facilities plans, construction plans and specifications, engineering contracts, payment requests, construction contract change orders; preparation of environmental assessments, grant awards, loan agreements, engineering and scientific contracts, construction, final project and operation and maintenance inspection reports and audit resolutions; and tracking the repayment of loans. The Wastewater Branch also provides administrative support to the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center and State board Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Facilities.
The Department of Health has initiated the process to accept written comments and hold a public hearing on proposed changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-62, Wastewater Systems.
Proposed changes include prohibiting the installation of new cesspools and requiring connections or upgrades of existing cesspools to septic systems within 180 days after sale of property. A list of all proposed changes may be found in our Rationale document.
A public hearing will be held on Oahu at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in the 5th Floor Conference Room of 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu. Video Conference Center Sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the following locations:
Kauai: Kauai District Health Office, Conference Room, 3040 Umi Street, Lihue, 96766
Maui: Department of Health, BT Conference Room, 210 Imi Kala Street, Suite 204 (in Millyard), Wailuku, 96793
Hilo: Hawaii District Health Office – Hilo, Conference Room, 1582 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, 96720
Persons desiring to speak are asked to submit two (2) copies of their statement before or at the hearing. Written statements will also be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Wastewater Branch, Environmental Management Division, State Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 309, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 4920.
The Clean Water State Revolving Program provides low interest loans for the construction of point source and non-point source water pollution control projects.
Construction and Operations Section
Program activities under the Construction and Operations Section include the monitoring and enforcement of all existing wastewater systems, implementation of the construction of several major wastewater treatment works projects annually including review for approval of construction plans and specifications, engineering contracts, construction contract change orders; preparation of engineering and scientific contracts; developing construction, final project and operation and maintenance inspection reports.
Planning and Design Section
The Planning and Design Section is responsible for the review and approval of planning/environmental documents, wastewater project plans and specifications, final construction inspections of wastewater projects, and assisting in enforcement activities in the joint Federal-County-State Wastewater Construction Grants Program, the State Revolving Fund Program, and for regulating wastewater systems in accordance with Administrative Rule, Chapter 11-62, entitled, “Wastewater Systems”.
Click Here to file for an Individual Wastewater System (IWS) Online.
The Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center (SWOTC) develops and provides training to wastewater treatment plant operators and maintenance plant personnel to improve plant compliance and to optimize wastewater treatment effectiveness, efficiency and reliability.
The SWOTC works with the Board of Certification to implement the Operator Certification Program that is established by Chapter 11-61.
Chapter 11-62 rules, and guidelines and forms for the Animal Waste, Biosolids/Treatment Works, Individual Wastewater Systems, and Wastewater Reuse Programs are found here.
Draft Water Quality Plan
DOH is in the process of drafting its updated Water Quality Plan, which is an important component of the Hawaii Water Plan. The draft Water Quality Plan provides information on DOH’s ongoing water quality work across many of its different programs, and describes goals and priority actions. The Plan is currently available at www.health.hawaii.gov/water, and we welcome your comments and feedback. The comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2014. Please send all comments to WQPComments@doh.hawaii.gov.
Phone: (808) 586-4294
Fax: (808) 586-4300
Environmental Management Division
Hawaii State Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 309
Honolulu, HI 96814-4920