DOH NEWS RELEASE: Division of Well being warns ocean customers at Kailua Bay to keep away from waters close to the Kailua Regional Wastewater Remedy Plant’s ocean outfall
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Division of Well being (DOH) is advising the general public to keep away from waters close to the Metropolis and County of Honolulu Kailua Wastewater Remedy Plant’s ocean outfall (pictured beneath). The Metropolis started discharging wastewater that exceeds the micro organism limits of their state allow on Feb. 18, 2021.
The allow violation was first reported the Metropolis on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Metropolis’s ongoing exceedance of the state’s permitted enterococcus micro organism limits are associated to operational points recognized on the Kailua Regional Wastewater Remedy Plant. Enterococcus is a bacterium used as an indicator of waterborne pathogens.
Division of Well being has directed the Metropolis to submit warning indicators and to check samples of the coastal waters within the space. Shoreline samples taken on Feb. 24 didn’t present elevated enterococcus ranges; nevertheless, as a result of location of the outfall and the excessive leisure use of Kailua Bay, the Metropolis will start posting warning indicators right this moment.
“The offshore waters in Kailua Bay are utilized canoe paddlers, kite and windsurfers, boaters and others,” mentioned Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of Environmental Well being, “to make sure their security, we’re asking that these customers keep away from waters close to the Metropolis’s ocean outfall till the Metropolis has restored full remedy of the wastewater as required their discharge allow.”
The Metropolis is allowed to discharge as much as 15.25 million gallons a day of wastewater from the Kailua Regional Wastewater Remedy Plant to Kailua Bay, topic to discharge limitations set forth within the state issued, Nationwide Pollutant Discharge Elimination System allow, Allow No. HI0021296. Discharge limitations are set the DOH to guard human and environmental well being and reduce threat to the general public. The Metropolis is legally obligated to adjust to the phrases, necessities, and provisions of the issued NPDES allow.
DOH will oversee the Metropolis’s response to the continuing discharge violations. Warning indicators will stay up till the division is assured that coastal waters have returned to regular and the Metropolis returns to compliance with discharge limitations. The general public is suggested to stay out of the affected waters till warning indicators have been eliminated.
The DOH Clear Water Department responds to sewage spills which attain state waters. The Clear Water Department protects public well being and the atmosphere prohibiting discharges which impair water high quality, conserving Hawaii’s waters fishable and swimmable for everybody. House owners and operators of wastewater programs should adjust to environmental rules which might be in place to guard the general public. Failure to do leads to authorized motion the state, federal companions and/or personal residents.
Location of Kailua Regional Wastewater Remedy Plant
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