HILO (KHNL) -- A power spike caused by lightning early Wednesday morning resulted in a 10- minute power outage for the chlorination unit at the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The outage resulted in 22,708 gallons of treated but not disinfected effluent to be discharged through the Puhi Bay outfall.
The Puhi Bay outfall is located outside of the Hilo Breakwater.
Warning signs have been posted and water samples have been collected.
The public is advised to stay out of waters fronting Puhi Bay through Keokea Loop Road.
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