Rain causes sewage spill into Kaneohe Bay

Steve Wilson, Ace Pumping
Steve Wilson, Ace Pumping
Keith Texeira
Keith Texeira

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The weather caused a significant amount of problems around Oahu including sewage spills with medical waste and a brown water advisory which is now in effect for the entire island.  People are urged to stay out of the ocean.  No swimming or surfing because of all the waste that's run off into the ocean.

The rain came down across Oahu overnight and didn't let up until the sewer system had overflowed.  At the Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility 51,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled out of two manholes.  The pipes threw up wipes, tampons and even some medical waste like a syringe.

"You wouldn't believe the things we find in this line of work that people flush down the toilets, anything and everything," said Steve Wilson, Ace Pumping.

Steve Wilson brought in a load to dump from a septic system.  He closed the open cover and was disgusted to see the syringe.

"I would say to the public please take care of those kinds of things in the proper manner. There's proper ways to dispose of that kind of stuff and this person obviously disregarded that and chose to do what they did but that is not the proper way to dispose of those things," said Wilson.

The City & County of Honolulu reminds people the toilet is not a trash can. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed down the toilet.  Nothing else not even feminine hygiene products should go down the pipes.

A brown water advisory has been issued for Oahu. Crews posted warning signs to stay out of the water like the ones found at Kaneohe District Park right across from Keith Texeira's house.

"I love to go in this water, take my boat and me and my grandkids go holoholo out there and catch some fish or go swimming but days like today forget it," said Keith Texeira.  "Last night had a lot of rain over here and when it rains you get a lot of brown water.  When that happens we stay out of the water."

Crews also tried to clear debris from the Waiahole Bridge along Kamehameha Highway.  The work and mud even closed Waiahole School.

Up by Tantalus a huge tree came down blocking the roadway.  No cars were hit.

On Kapaa Quarry Road in Kailua a car had to be towed after it was driven into the flooded street.  Later a bulldozer cleared mud and rocks from the road.

And boaters beware, plenty of large logs made it to the ocean around the island.  That debris along with the sewage, animal waste, pesticides and oils all contribute to the brown water advisory.

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