HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - State health officials have issued a Brown Water Advisory for the entire state and are warning everyone to stay away from waterways.
Heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Darby prompted health officials to post the advisory Saturday afternoon, alerting the public to avoid flood waters and storm water runoff.
Officials reported that a manhole overflowed at the intersection of Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard, spilling more than 1,000 gallons. Warning signs have been posted.
In Liliha, an estimated 4,100 gallons of sewage discharged from a private residence on Liliha St., where it entered into the Waiolani Stream. Warning signs have been posted in this area as well. In the meantime, officials urge the public to stay away from the Waiolani Stream and the lower reaches of Nuuanu Stream until warning signs have been removed.
And a sewage discharge from the Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant sent 42,000 gallons into a storm drain that leads to Nu'upia Pond.
The water, likely brown in color, can contain overflowing cesspools, sewer water, pesticides, dead animals and chemicals.
If the water is brown, stay away.