Waikiki water valve, gas line repairs likely to last all day

Kalia Road

Water service at Hale Koa Hotel and The Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies remains limited with low pressure Wednesday.

What was initially believed to be a 12-inch water main break on Kalia Road was first reported at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near Saratoga Road, in front of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii.

Repairs hit a snag when crews accidentally hit a gas pipe while trying to dig up the main. The Board of Water Supply said the location was inaccurately marked.

Work was suspended until Hawaii Gas workers safely secured the four-inch gas pipe.

“To repair a pipe like this, what we will need to do is excavate on both sides of the break, pinch off those lines, make sure there is no flow of gas, let the gas vent on from where the leak is, so then we can go in and safely secure and repair the line and allow Board of Water Supply to come in and repair their pipe,” said Casey Nishimura from Hawaii Gas.

Nishimura said crews experienced some difficulty during excavation with the water level about three feet underground. The line was secured by 4 p.m.

After uncovering more of the 12-inch main, BWS crews discovered the source of the leak to be a broken hydrant valve, not the main. Repairs are currently underway to replace the valve and restore normal water levels.

Once that is complete, Hawaii Gas will resume repair work.

Kalia Road remains completely closed between Paoa Place and Saratoga Road. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes.

Officials said repairs will likely take all day.

Stay with KHON2.com for updates.

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