JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) - Warning signs were posted at Hickam Beach Thursday after approximately 27,000 gallons of sewage spilled and entered a nearby storm drain, the U.S. Navy said.
The Navy responded to a call around 8:30 a.m. reporting an 18-inch wastewater force main that ruptured near Porter Avenue and 17th Street. Crews were able to stop the spill at 11:30 a.m. after completing an emergency excavation to install a bypass line.
The Navy said 20,000 gallons of sewage was recovered from the storm drain – which leads to a canal and discharges at a location east of Hickam Beach -- by a vacuum truck that was on scene within 30 minutes.
The state Department of Health has been notified. Officials ask the public to remain out of the waters near Hickam Beach until warning signs have been removed.
The cause of the break is under investigation.