Hawaii Online Permitting Expands to Include Individual Wastewater Systems at http://www.eHawaii.gov | Business Wire

<p>HONOLULU–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Hawaii State Department of Health’s

Wastewater Branch now allows the public to apply and pay online for

individual wastewater system approvals through a professional engineer

registered in the state. The new service is available through the state’s

official Web site (http://www.eHawaii.gov)

and is part of the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s

ongoing initiative to expand online permitting and other government

services.

The Wastewater Branch currently reviews and approves thousands of

individual wastewater system plan applications annually. The Branch

encourages engineers to file online for faster service. Filing online is

environmentally friendly because all communication for processing

permits is handled through e-mail instead of paper. In addition,

engineers submitting filings will be able to obtain electronic

confirmations once payments are processed through eHawaii.gov’s

secure payment processor.

“It’s a real win-win

situation when people apply for individual wastewater system approvals

online,” said Wastewater Branch Chief Tomas

See. “We save on the time and cost of manually

processing paper applications and plans, electronic permitting users

save on the time and cost and hassle of mailing or hand-delivering

applications to a DOH office. They generally get their plans

reviewed faster.”

The system also allows Department of Health engineers in Honolulu to

support their colleagues on the neighbour islands to help speed the

approval process everywhere in the state.

Users are of the online system are already sharing their satisfaction

with the state. “I really like the prompt

approvals and feedback from the Wastewater Branch. I'm able to get

quicker building permit approval turnaround for my clients. I also don’t

have to worry about lost checks and plans,”

said Steve Herbert, P.E., of Kona, Hawaii, who was one of the first

users of the system.

Linda Taylor, P.E., of Linda Taylor Engineering, Inc. sent this e-mail

to the Department of Health: “The online

filing for individual wastewater permits is a progressive move to help

reduce the amount of paper we normally use to print out our reports and

plans. I'm excited to have a process that saves paper, ink, energy,

postage. Fuel costs. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out

the online application. It's user friendly and easy to follow. It

is a step in the right direction to use the technology out there to

reduce the impacts on our environment in any way and streamline a

permitting process. Congratulations!”

Payments can be made using an electronic check or major credit

(MasterCard, Visa, American Express. Discover) and are processed

through eHawaii.gov’s secure payment

processor.

This latest system is part of the Department of Health’s

effort to improve public service with better information technology. The

Wastewater Branch has set up e-communications with the building

departments of the counties of Honolulu, Kaua‘i,

and Maui.

About eHawaii.gov

Hawaii’s official Internet portal, http://www.eHawaii.gov,

is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation

and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).

Hawaii Information Consortium works with state agencies to enable them

to conduct state business online and improve public access to government

information.

About NIC

NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world.

The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens

and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides

eGovernment solutions for 2,900 state and local agencies that serve more

than 70 million people in the United States. Additional information is

available at http://www.nicusa.com.