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Some residents concerned over eatery's wastewater issues

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HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A pool of dirty water just a few feet from a stream that feeds into Haleiwa Harbor has some on Oahu's North Shore concerned.

Three weeks ago, the state Department of Health took samples to see if there's sewage in the water, which is ponding feet from Haleiwa Beach House restaurant's septic system.

Eatery owner Andy Anderson, a former city Councilman, said the ponding isn't from his business.

The Health Department says it can't yet say for sure.

Anderson is working to bring the eatery's septic system up to code. He said it will take three months to do so.

In the meantime, some are calling for the restaurant to be temporarily closed.

"It is reckless blatant disregard because have human health here that comes into play.  He should be forced to shut down until he comes into compliance of all violations," said Carroll Cox, an environmentalist.

Earlier this month, the city cited Anderson for completing renovations without the proper permits.

The city also says the current septic system is only equipped to handle about a third of the restaurant's 400-person capacity.

Two days ago, Anderson asked for more time to draw up plans to fix the problem.

He has until June 8 to turn his plan over to health officials.  

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