LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Since torrential rainfall and flooding hit Kauai more than ten days ago, the Hawaii Department of Health has been testing the safety of beaches along the island's coastlines.
A brown water advisory had been in effect island wide since the rain event, with the exception of Keoniloa Bay to Sheraton Beach.
As of this afternoon, there is no longer a brown water advisory in effect for the following beaches:
- MacArthur Park
- Hanapepe Salt Pond
- Poipu Beach Pavilion
- Kalapaki Beach
- Kealia Beach Park
- Anahola Bay Pavilion
- Hanalei Bay Pavilion
- Waioli Beach Park
Beaches around the island will continue to be tested frequently as part of the ongoing response to damage caused by the severe flooding.
DOH inspectors test beaches based on a visual examination: if the water is brown, no sample is collected since it will likely test positive for high bacteria counts, indicating it is unsafe for people to swim.
If the water is clear, a sample is collected and tested to determine the safety of the water. As water quality continues to improve, it is expected that results will enable the removal of brown water advisories at the sampled beaches.