Kalapaki Beach remains closed following sewage spill

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai's Kalapaki Beach remains closed Monday, as water quality tests showed there were still signs of a sewage spill that occurred Wednesday.

The beach has been closed since Thursday morning after it was reported between 400,000 and 500,000 gallons of treated effluent spilled into a storm drain that leads into Kalapaki Bay. Officials said the spill happened Wednesday afternoon after a partial power outage at the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Investigators determined that the power outage occurred due to a failure in an internal circuit that powered the newly-installed processes at the plant that produces irrigation water. Most of the water is used at the Kauai Lagoons golf courses.

Meanwhile, officials said they are limiting the production of irrigation water until a new alarm system to monitor power interruptions can be installed and tested at the treatment plant.

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