(BIVN) – Kailua Bay remains closed today due to high bacteria levels following a sewage spill that occurred earlier this week.
The water is not safe for swimming and fishing, officials say, from Kamakahonu Beach to Hulihee Palace seaward out to 1000 feet. Water quality continues to be monitored, civil defense said Thursday morning, “as areas with high bacteria levels have been detected. Please stay out of the water in this area until tests indicate bacteria levels are normal.”
The discharge of untreated wastewater took place on Monday at the shoreline near Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona when a sewer main ruptured at Alii Drive and Palani Road, requiring the removal and replacement of sections of corroded pipe. The Department of Environmental Management today reported that the repairs are completed with final pavement work to come at a later date.
You will be notified as the situation changes, county officials say. “Confirmatory samples are being collected and it is expected that clearance will be given effective Friday, June 16, 2017,” the county reported Wednesday.