The Board of Water supply crews are responding to a water main break in Aiea. The incident was reported just after 6 a.m. Thursday on Kaimakani St. and Moanalua Rd.
Aiea Elementary’s vice principal says the school is closed due to the main break. According to BWS officials, the school is situated on U.S. Navy premises and the pipe belongs to the U.S. Navy.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii confirms a waterline crew was also dispatched to the break Thursday morning. The Navy owns a 24-inch waterline that runs from its Halawa Pump Station under Kaimakani St.
The source of excess water appears to be coming from under one of the bus stops in front of the school. This could mean a break in the Navy’s waterline or a lateral line leading off that pipe.
Crews shut down the waterline as of 10 a.m. This action had to be done slowly as to not damage the water system. Electrical toning is being performed to check for underground power lines. Excavation is scheduled to begin soon.
It is anticipated that work will continue throughout the day and into the night. It is unknown how long the repair may take.
The Navy’s water customers are not affected by this issue. Camp Smith and Halawa Housing are being fed through a cross connection waterline from the Board of Water Supply.
Currently, reported damages on Kaimakani Street include a portion of the asphalt road, part of a side walk and a bus stop.
While the waterline is owned by the Navy, water is provided by the Board of Water Supply.
Officials at Saint Elizabeth School says they will be in session because they are not affected by the rupture.