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Tip: Click on the buttons to the left to learn all about your Individual Wastewater System (IWS)


Wastewater is generated by most of the water usages in a home. This includes  toilet wastes, kitchen wastes, bath water, and laundry waste. Because wastewater  contains nitrates, phosphates, bacteria and viruses, it must be treated and disposed of in a way that will safeguard our drinking water supply and reduce potential health hazards.

Each home not connected to a central or public wastewater facility, as is common on Maui, must have and maintain its own wastewater system. A properly functioning wastewater system disposes of wastes and treats the water so that it will be safe when it reaches recreational waters or drinking water tables.


  • To find out which kind of Individual Wastewater System you have check out our guides on:

Cesspools and Septic Systems

Septic tanks are usually newer, made of plastic, fiberglass or concrete (less common) and have two covers. Cesspools are older, made of concrete and have one cover. 


  • Having trouble locating your Septic System/Cesspool? VIP can find it for you! For more information please click here.