By Malia Zimmerman | Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU — Oahu’s Board of Water Supply must replace hundreds of miles of pipes connecting Oahu’s 2,100-mile aging water system.
Some 900 miles of piping are more than 40 years old, and another 300 miles were laid more than 70 years ago. With the pipes deteriorating, water main breaks occur daily.
A team of former city appointees, assembled by Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano, said the Board of Water Supply should be replacing 30 to 40 miles of pipe per year.
But that goal is not being met. and taxpayers, straining under monumental increases in their water bill, will be paying $1.2 billion for an upgrade to the entire system.