- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Ala Wai Golf Course driving range in Honolulu is set to reopen following the completion of a million-dollar project to improve water quality at the site.

The driving range will feature a new irrigation system when it opens to the public Monday, KHON-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2galxFm).

The $1.3 million project was launched in December 2015 in an effort to get the driving range’s storm water drainage system in line with federal environmental standards. The project was intended to help protect the water quality of the nearby Ala Wai Canal.

In 2006, the city temporarily closed Waikiki’s beaches after 48 million gallons of raw sewage poured into the canal bordering the area’s hotels and condominiums. That spill occurred after a sewage line ruptured following weeks of heavy rains, forcing the city to divert wastewater into the canal.

A portion of the costs for the improvement work at the driving range was covered by a loan from the federal Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

The driving range was fully replanted and has newly installed vegetated bioswales and detention basins to capture, filter and treat storm water runoff.

Star Beachboys, Inc. has operated the driving range since 2009 and secured a bid to run the site for another three years. Honolulu is being paid a minimum of $25,000 per month under the terms of the contract.


Information from: KHON-TV, https://khon.com

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