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Honolulu No. 1 in sanitation in worldwide ranking

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Honolulu -- In a new report released by international consulting firm Mercer, Honolulu ranked No. 1 globally in sanitation. The sanitation ranking is based on an "analyses (of) cities' waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality."

Along with its No. 1 ranking in sanitation, Honolulu is ranked No. 36 in overall quality of living worldwide, and No. 3 among all U.S. cities. The report can be accessed at the following link: https://bit.ly/2w6MBvg

"Those of us that live in Honolulu know what a beautiful place it is, and it's always encouraging to know that the rest of the world is paying attention," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "This kind of recognition is a credit to the hard working city employees who take care of our sewers and water treatment facilities, and even residents that go out of their way to pick up trash off our city streets."

"Our entire department is extremely honored to have contributed to this distinction, and we are very proud of our staff that deal with both solid waste and wastewater," said Department of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina. "However, we need to remain vigilant and continue to maintain a high level of public service, while also striving to improve and becoming more efficient."

Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer of the Board of Water Supply, said: "The Board of Water Supply takes pride in delivering safe, dependable and affordable water to everyone on the island of O‘ahu. Our team works very hard to ensure the quality of our drinking water and that it is available, when needed, 24/7."

"This ranking reminds us that a great quality of life is a direct result of a healthy environment," said Josh Stanbro, executive director of the Office of Climate change, Sustainability and Resiliency, who also serves as the city's chief resilience officer. "Clean water and clean air make our island an amazing place to live, and we can only keep it that way with continued investment in infrastructure and each citizen taking care of our ʻāina."

Mercer evaluates living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide.

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