(BIVN) – A small, untreated wastewater discharge occurred along the shoreline of Hilo Bay on Monday.
Hawaii County officials report the discharge entered the water in the vicinity of the Wailuku River and Kaipalaoa Landing. Wastewater reportedly entered the storm drain system from a broken sewer lateral at the corner of Waiānuenue Avenue and Kino‘ole Street.
A map was provided by the county.
In addition, a notification of the treatment bypass was sent out to media. In it, the county said:
While the discharge into the Storm Drain system was small and estimated to be in the order of one (1) gallon per hour; the shoreline area in the vicinity of the Storm Drain discharge has been posted with Warning Signs in accordance with State of Hawai‘i, Department of Health requirements and the sign-posted area is closed to recreational activity until further notice. The Wastewater Division is testing shoreline waters in the vicinity of the discharge. Testing will continue until authorization is obtained from the State of Hawai`i, Department of Health to remove Warning Signs posted in the area. The County is currently in the process of coordinating repair of the broken sewer lateral.