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Kailua Bay remains closed Wednesday (June 14) due to sewage spill

UPDATED (4 p.m. on 6/14/2017) COUNTY MEDIA RELEASE

Kona Sewage Spill Stopped; Ban On Water Activities Remains

The sewage spill in Kailua Bay has been stopped, but water activities in the area are barred until health authorities are sure that the waters are safe for swimming and fishing, according to the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) on Wednesday.

The discharge of untreated wastewater took place on Monday at the shoreline near Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona, and since then crews have been working to remove and replace sections of corroded sewer pipe. The replaced sections of pipe have stopped further releases of sewage into the Bay, the Department said.

Meanwhile, DEM has submitted water sampling test results to the State Department of Health.

The Department of Health is mandating that warning signs remain in until the Department determines that the waters are safe for swimming and fishing. Confirmatory samples are being collected and it is expected that clearance will be given effective Friday, June 16, 2017.

“The public will be kept informed on when it is safe to go back into the water,” said DEM Director William Kucharski. “We really appreciate everyone’s patience as things get back to normal.”

For further information, please call William Kucharski at 961-8177.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message

This is a Civil Defense Sewage Spill update message for Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. Kailua Bay remains closed due to a sewage spill, from Kamakahonu Beach to Hulihee Palace out to sea 1,000 feet.

Additional water samples had to be taken yesterday and results are expected later today.

Please stay out of the water and do not fish in this area until tests indicate bacteria levels are normal.

The Department of Environmental Management reports that work continues on repairs to the ruptured main at Alii Drive. and Palani Road.

Traffic delays are expected in this area during repairs, please use alternate routes.

You will be notified as the situation changes.

Have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

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