Storm runoff hits Oahu waters while sewage spills into Lake Wilson
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Department of Health has issued a brown water advisory for the island of Oahu due to heavy rains, and officials are warning the public to stay out of Lake Wilson after a power outage on Sunday triggered a wastewater spill.
Health officials advise the public to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.
Runoff had clearly impacted areas like the Ala Wai Boat Harbor by early Monday morning, when Hawaii News Now crews reported seeing significant changes in water conditions.
Officials also say a temporary power outage in the Wahiawa area resulted in the spill of 1,500 gallons of partially treated sewage from a nearby treatment plant into Lake Wilson on Sunday afternoon.
Warning signs have been posted, and a water test is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon.