Dedication held for Kauai pipeline replacement project

Many of the people involved in the Department of Water’s Waipouli Pipeline Replacement project attended a dedication last week that marked the completion of the project. Shown in the photo are mostly Goodfellow Bros. Inc. employees (from left to right): Todd Seki; Sam Marvel; Ken Gift; Jeffrey Orsatelli; Keola Cruz; Sean Texeira; Timothy Siale; Dean Kohatsu; Evan Vasconcelles; Dustin Moises (DOW); Dan Kittredge (DOW); Keith Perry; Jeff Griffin; Kui Palama; Jeanie Bernardo Tavares; Preston Valmoja and Philip Atiga Jr.

The Department of Water held a dedication last week to mark the completion of the Waipouli Pipeline Replacement project along Kuhio Highway.

The newly installed pipeline will serve the current and future needs of residents and businesses from Keaka Road to Ohia Street.

“This project was another success for the water department,” said Dustin Moises, DOW construction project management officer. “I want to thank the construction management staff – Dan Kittredge, Freddy Levinthol and Leo Anguay – our contractor Goodfellow Bros. Inc., and the Department of Transportation for working with the DOW and delaying resurfacing of the highway until after we completed the waterline. They spent a lot of time out here working day and night to get it done on time and under budget. This was a good project for the people in Waipouli and Kapaa.”

Kauai County Planning Director Michael Dahilig spoke on behalf of Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., and acknowledged the DOW’s board of directors, management and staff, and the entire construction team.

“Mayor Carvalho sends his regret that he is unable to personally attend this event, but he sent me to convey his sincere mahalo,” Dahilig said. He went on to emphasize the beneficial effects of the project including the provision of much needed jobs, improvement of water services for Kapaa and Waipouli residences, and the enhancement of the DOW’s sustainability efforts.

Sam Marvel with Goodfellow Bros. Inc. said there were about 50 to 100 people who worked on the project and expressed his gratitude to everyone.

“A project like this doesn’t happen without the hard work of many,” Marvel said, acknowledging the DOW, the DOT and SCS Archaeology. “I’ll say the biggest thanks go to the guys, our workers that built this project. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

The Rev. Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira performed the dedication.

The Waipouli Pipeline Replacement project began in December 2011 and was completed in two phases. The newly installed PVC waterlines are designed to endure harsh ground conditions while increasing fire protection and overall level of service for customers in the area.

The project is part of the DOW’s Water Plan 2020 and was completed on time and under budget. Funding for both phases of the project came from the DOW Build America Bonds fund and water rates, $2.1 million and $2 million respectively.

The Department would like to thank residents and businesses in the area for their patience and cooperation while the work was being done to complete the needed improvements to the system.

For more information, please call the Department of Water at 245-5455 during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For emergencies after hours, call Police Dispatch at 241-1711.

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