sfchronicle.com 28 Nov, 2016
Hawaii County is trying to move forward with plans for a proposed wastewater project. The $100 million upgrade to the Kealakehe sewer plant would allow treated wastewater to irrigate crops in North Kona. In order to begin the upgrades, the county needs to complete a $23 million sludge removal project at the plant. The first part of the project to improve the quality of treated wastewater involves a $54 million upgrade to the sewer plant that is now in the planning stages. The next phase is a $50 million distribution project to install reuse pipes from the sewer plant to Old Kona Airport Park, Queen Liliuokalani Trust property, Kohanaiki golf course and the long-anticipated Kealakehe Regional Park. The county hopes to complete the wastewater project within three years.