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Sewage Closes Kualoa Beach Park

Pam Potter Pam Potter
Stacy Lessor Stacy Lessor

By Mary Simms

KUALOA (KHNL) - The Department of Health regularly monitors bacteria levels, and this week they discovered unusually high levels at Kualoa Beach Park. The DOH suspects sewage from a City and County restroom facility is to blame.

In biology, a colony-forming unit or, CFU is a measure of bacteria. Hawaii's accepted CFU level is 7 cfu/100mL. The waters at Kualoa are currently testing at 57 cfu/100 ML. According to the Department of Health, levels that high are usually caused by sewage being released into the water. KHNL arrived at the beach just before the warning signs went up.

"It was a beautiful day, said windward resident Pam Potter. "First time in about a week so I couldn't wait to get out here and be in the sun. It was just a little chilly so I chose not to go in the water only because I was afraid I'd be cool when I got out. But I would have gone in, in a heartbeat if it would have been a little bit warmer out today. I didn't see any indication that would have kept me out of the water."

"I was planning on going in the water and then we could hear you talking, said Stacy Lessor, referring to an interview she overheard regarding the bacteria levels." And then, they put up the sign and I said ok fine, I guess I'm not going in. Some of the snorkelers go out, and then they come back in and see the sign. I mean what kind of shock would that be."

The Clean Water Branch of the Department of Health is investigating the bacteria, and will continue to test the waters until they return to safe levels.

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