THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2567

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that public health and the quality of Hawaii's drinking water, streams, ground waters, and ocean are being harmed by water pollution from cesspools.  Hawaii has eighty-eight thousand cesspools that deposit approximately fifty-three million gallons of raw sewage directly into the groundwater every day.  Drinking water, public recreation, and the precious coral reefs, on which Hawaii's economy, shoreline, recreation, fisheries, and native species depend, are or may be harmed by such pollution.

     The purpose of this Act is to establish a cesspool upgrade task force to consider and recommend means by which the department of health can ensure that cesspools on properties that are within priority upgrade areas are converted to more environmentally-responsible waste treatment systems or connected to sewer systems within fifteen years.

     SECTION 2.  (a)  The cesspool upgrade task force is established within the department of health for administrative purposes.  The task force shall have the following objectives:

     (1)  Protect public health and preserve the quality of Hawaii's drinking water, streams, ground waters, and ocean while taking into consideration the very large number of pre-existing cesspools in the State;

     (2)  Consider and recommend means by which the department of health can ensure that cesspools on properties that are within priority upgrade areas are converted to more environmentally-responsible waste treatment systems or connected to sewer systems within fifteen years;

     (3)  Develop definitions and criteria for priority upgrade areas and acceptable waste treatment systems or connections; and

     (4)  Identify physical, practical, and financial impediments that may be encountered by land owners who are required to connect pre-existing cesspools to a sewer system or convert cesspools to an individual waste treatment system and recommend solutions to those impediments.

     (b)  The cesspool upgrade task force shall consist of the

 following:

     (1)  The director of health or the director's designee, who shall serve as chairperson;

     (2)  The mayors of each county or their respective designees;

     (3)  A member appointed by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS;

     (4)  A member appointed by the Sierra Club of Hawaii;

     (5)  A member appointed by the Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition;

     (6)  One member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; and

     (7)  One member appointed by the president of the senate.

Task force members may recommend additional members with

appropriate specialized expertise to the task force, for approval by the chairperson.

     (c)  Members of the task force shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred, including travel expenses.  No member of the task force shall be made subject to chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, solely because of that members' participation as a member of the task force.

     (d)  The task force shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2019.

     (e)  The department of health shall provide administrative and clerical support required by the task force.

     (f)  The task force shall be dissolved on June 30, 2019.

     SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on December 31, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Cesspool Upgrade Task Force

 

Description:

Establishes a Cesspool Upgrade Task Force within the Department of Health to consider and recommend the means by which the Department of Health can ensure that cesspools on properties that are within priority upgrade areas are upgraded within fifteen years.  (SB2567 HD1)

 

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