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Major sewage spill closes Kauai beach

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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kauai wastewater officials say that Wednesday's power outage at the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant caused between 400,000 and 500,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into the storm drain that leads into Kalapaki Bay.

Kauai officials say the exact cause of the outage, which happened at about 5 p.m., has yet to be determined.  However, it appears to have occurred on an internal circuit and did not involve Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). 

Kalapaki Beach remains closed while officials await water quality test results from the state Department of Health. Initial test results won't be available until at least Friday afternoon.

Signs notifying beachgoers of the closure will remain posted along the beach until the water is deemed safe for swimming.

The public is advised to stay out of the water until the signs are removed. County crews continue to follow the direction of the state Department of Health in the management of the spill.

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