Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Waikiki beaches closed

Waikiki beaches closed after 500,000 gallon sewage spill

The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:55AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 25, 2015 8:43AM EDT

HONOLULU - Heavy rains triggered a half-million gallon sewage spill near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district, prompting city officials Monday to close most of the beach fronting Waikiki.

Storm water flowed into the city's sewage system as a weather system linked to Tropical Storm Kilo dumped heavy rain on the islands.

The inundation overwhelmed the sewage system, causing 500,000 gallons of wastewater to spew from manholes, said Lori Kahikina, Honolulu's director of environmental services.

“Now's not the time to go swimming,” she told reporters. It could be a couple of days before the ocean is clear enough for people to enter, Kahikina estimated. She said it would likely take that long for water samples to be tested for safety.

Waikiki beaches closed after 500,000 gallon sewage spill
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