Gov Wastewater links… curious

Here are two sites & some startling info I found:


there’s information in a memorandum from Hawaii’s DOH Wastewater Branch to consulting engineers that not only defines rules for cesspools but also appears to state that Hawaii’s rules are in direct conflict with EPA rules, subjecting property owners to EPA fines even if they are in compliance with Hawaii rules?!


This is a 5 page or so document, & the bit just mentioned is about halfway in, here’s an excerpt:


“Major Conflicts between federal rules on LCCs and Hawaii Admin. Rules


(HAR), Chapter 11-62, Wastewater Systems:



• Chapter 11-62 allows a new cesspool to be constructed in non-critical


wastewater disposal areas and serve a maximum of two (2) dwellings provided


that the total number of bedrooms or bedroom like rooms in the two dwellings


does not exceed five (5).


Constructing and using a new cesspool to serve two dwelling units immediately


places the owner in violation of EPA’s rules and subjects the owner to


enforcement by EPA, including fines of up to $32,500 per day.  This provision of


the rule became effective on April 5, 2000.)



• Chapter 11-62 allows a new cesspool to be constructed in a non-critical


wastewater disposal area and serve a building other than dwelling provided that


wastewater do not exceed 1000 gallons per day per cesspool, wastewater is


domestic or domestic like, and various design and siting requirements are met.


Constructing and using a new cesspool under these circumstances places the


owner in immediate violation of EPA’s rule and subjects the owner to


enforcement by EPA, including fines of up to $32,500 per day if the cesspool


serves or has the capacity to serve 20 or more persons a day.



• Chapter 11-62 allows a new dwelling to connect into an existing cesspool that is


serving an existing dwelling provided that a number of conditions are met (see


sections 11-62-06(l) and 11-62-31.1(b)(1) )


Once the new dwelling is connected to the existing cesspool, the owner of the


dwelling or property is immediately in violation of EPA’s rules and subject to


enforcement by EPA, including fines of up to $32,500 per day.


In the examples cited above, there are no violations of Chapter 11 62, Wastewater


Systems.  However, the wastewater systems cited in the above examples are in


violations of federal UIC rules.  As the processing of building permit applications is a


State-County function, the Wastewater Branch has no alternative but to sign a building


permit application which is in compliance with State rules.



However, we are cooperating with EPA, and in an effort to get voluntary compliance, we


will notify the building permit applicant of the potential federal rule violation and


recommend that the wastewater system be revised.  Additionally, we will forward


information to EPA regarding any building permit application we sign which we suspect


violates the new LCC rules.  EPA has sole discretionary authority in determining if a


cesspool is a LCC and in taking enforcement action against violators of the federal UIC


rules. ”

And I also checked out:



to learn more about waste mgmt in general, and to see what recommendations there are for alternative things property owners in Hawaii can do in rural areas. This 2008 document is 120 pages long.

As mentioned, it seems important to research what sustainable, healthy alternatives exist that would work for both intentional communities & the planet, and then push for these, educating as necessary…




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