Health Officials Testing Nuuanu Stream Water Quality After Sewage Spill

NUUANU (KHNL) -- The heavy rains are being blamed for the release of more than 2,000 gallons of wastewater in Nuuanu. A lot of that sewage wound up in Nuuanu Stream.

Ann Daws enjoys having lunch at Liliuokalani Botanical Garden, next to Nuuanu Stream.

"It's just a peaceful, usually a peaceful place," she said. "Today, today, it's not so peaceful. We've got a raging waterfall over here."

State health officials say heavy rains overwhelmed a wastewater collection system Wednesday night.

An estimated 2,300 gallons shot out of a manhole behind a house on Pali Highway. Of that, about 1,600 gallons seeped into the ground, while the other 700 gallons poured into Waolani Stream, which feeds Nuuanu Stream.

"This is unusually brown," Daws said. "Yeah, you can tell there's a lot of runoff today."

Mother Nature is making up for it. The continuing showers are helping to flush out the sewage.

Health officials still advise people to stay out of Nuuanu Stream until water quality tests come back normal. Daws is surprised there's no warning sign at her location.

"It would be nice, I think, because this stream also attracts children," she said. "And if they get into it, it could be a health hazard."

Health officials took samples of the water to check bacteria levels. The test results aren't expected until Friday.