Raw sewage spills into ocean

Basil Naipo
Basil Naipo
Diane Watjen
Diane Watjen

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL):  Hundreds of gallons of raw sewage flushed into the ocean and some island homes early Friday morning. Crews responded to a total of eight wastewater spills across Windward Oahu. The wastewater spill was caused by the recent heavy rains. Although the sewage has been contained, not everyone's relieved. The heavy rains caused a sewage manhole in front of the one Kaneohe house to overflow. The manhole is located on Nahiki Street.

"It was getting about two feet the in the garage. It might be dirty the water, in fact it's sewage," said Basil Naipo.

The Naipo family was unaware that more than 9,600 gallons of untreated wastewater had gushed through their garage around 4:00am. Around the same time just down the street, at the Kaneohe Pre-Treatment Facility an estimated 102,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into Kaneohe Bay.

"That's not good!"

On Friday night, city crews worked late into the evening to contain the run-off. More than 30,000 gallons of raw sewage surged up through a manhole in Enchanted Lake.

Warning signs were posted in affected areas like Kailua Beach, Kaneohe Bay and Waimanalo.

"it'll get you really sick," said Diane Watjen.

The Kailua resident says she won't go in the water especially in the muddy canal right next to the beach.

"We usually swim everyday, so we've been missing it."

In all, more than 200,000 gallons of raw sewage have been dumped into Kaneohe bay, and beaches in Kailua and Waimanalo. City crews have taken water samples and will be monitoring the bacteria levels. In the meantime, the public is advised to avoid the affected areas until the warning signs are taken down.

If your house becomes flooded with sewage water and you don't want to clean up it up, city crews are available on-call 24 hours a day. They can be reached at 768-7272.