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Waikiki sewage spill blamed on removed manhole covers

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Bacteria levels have declined significantly at Waikiki

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 September, 2015 - Waikiki Beach has reopened after last week's closure due to a sewage spill. Recent water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for ocean users. Beachgoers were asked to keep out of the water from Kapahulu Groin to Point Panic.

The City and County of Honolulu said in a statement that bacteria levels have declined significantly and that it’s safe to go in the water again.

The initial spill was 500,000 gallons of waste water which spewed during heavy rainfall.

The waste poured from manhole covers into storm drains which then carried it out to the ocean. The sewage escape was facilitated by people who had illegally opened the manholes to try to ease the backup according to CNN. Spillage was close enough to the beachfront to keep the water bacteria levels too high for safe human contact.

City officials said sewage pumping stations had been shut down for maintenance when the showers hit, resulting in a backed up city system.

Hawaii has seen heavy rains recently due to more hurricane and tropical storm activity nearby.


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