Paint likely caused Kaneohe milky water

Keaahala stream
Keaahala stream

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State Department of Health (DOH) says white milky water discovered in a stream that empties into Kaneohe Bay last month was likely caused by paint.

The DOH says tests ruled out petroleum solvents, hydrocarbons, oil, and pesticides. However, the tests did confirm Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which are found in paint.

According to the DOH the titanium and zinc concentrations were 10 times higher than in normal stream water later sampled from both Keaahala stream and from the Makani Kai marina.

There's no official estimate on how much paint was dumped into Keaahala stream, or proof of where it came from.

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