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Dangerous conditions persist in Kahaluu Lagoon months after bacteria found

KAHALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Months after the state Department of Health posted caution signs warning people to keep out of Kahaluu Lagoon, officials are still monitoring the waters for bacteria contamination.

The department's Clean Water Branch said it's awaiting arrival of a piece of equipment – a Portable Multiuse Automated Concentration System or PMACS – which will allow testing to be done on large volumes of water in the field for better sampling. The system will also provide better information on where the contamination came from. Testing using PMACS is expected to begin in June.

In November 2014, several people reported getting sick after going into the water with open wounds.

The state said the contamination could be a result of overflowing cesspools as there are nearly nearly 600 cesspools immediately surrounding the area. However, it's not certain if the contamination was from human sewage, animal waste or agricultural runoff.

Signs remain intact, and officials are warning the public to stay out of the water.

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