HILO, Hawaii – Things are getting back to normal along the shores of Hilo Bay, after a 41,000 gallon sewage spill closed the bay to water activities on Monday.
The Department of Health gave the county the OK to reopen area beach parks, following the confirmation that water quality levels in the bay have returned to normal, officials say.
Civil Defense reports the Department of Parks and Recreation says all beach parks are now open.
This was the civil defense message issued Wednesday afternoon.
on April 5, 2017
This is a Civil Defense sewage spill information update for Wednesday April 5 at 3 PM.
The Department of Environmental Management reports that water quality levels in the spill area have returned to normal. The Department of Health confirmed that all Hilo Bayfront area beach parks can now be opened. The County is mobilizing to open up the area at this time.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding throughout this incident. Have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.
We spoke to Hawaii County’s Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski about the situation on Tuesday, when the beaches were still closed.