Michael’s research leads him to Act 125, the saving grace of Hawaii cesspools.
Act 125 is a law that “Requires upgrade, conversion, or sewer connection of all cesspools in the State before 2050 unless exempted. Broadens eligibility criteria for tax credit to offset costs. Requires the Department of Health to investigate existing cesspools, assess incentive programs, and report to the Legislature”.
Michael is glad the government is taking an active approach to correct this terrible problem.
In other words, our cesspools are going to be made more environmentally friendly before 2050. Septic tank systems are a great alternative. Septic systems work by separating grit, solids, oil, and other wastes from the wastewater before it goes into the ground.
But we do have to pay for it.
Michael blinks a couple of times in surprise. So, he has to pay for his own Hawaii cesspool conversion that the government is enforcing?
That’s right. We have to pay to convert our cesspools to septic tanks or whichever option you choose. It isn’t cheap either.
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But then, if our water quality declines, then so does:
- Our tourism
- Our health
- Our living environment
So yes, the upfront cost isn’t pleasant. But if tourism declines then so will our economy. We also don’t want our families getting sick from drinking bad water or swimming with cuts in contaminated water.
Michael thinks the cost is worth it. His business runs on tourism. Without it, it’s likely that his business will fail and he will have to declare bankruptcy.
At least he and everyone else has 30 years to make the conversion. Thankfully, some people can get a temporary income tax credit.