Group calls for timely brown water advisories

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - An environmental group says health advisories on brown water need to be more timely and comprehensive.

Carl Berg of Kauai Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force says advisories on brown water, which can carry pathogens that cause disease, are often delayed.

He also says they don't cover all the areas affected by heavy rain and brown water.

The state Department of Health issues advisories on brown water that flows after storms.

The water can contain may contain pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, chemicals and associated debris.

Health Department spokesman Watson Okubo says staff members are cautious about issuing health warnings without verifying the situation.

Berg says the department should err on the side of caution.

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