HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The water in Waiahole is now safe to drink again.
Residents in the area had been told to boil water for drinking or cooking after E. coli levels in a recent test exceeded state standards.
The water system was subsequently flushed with chlorine and subsequent tests came out clean.
The state said that about 80 households, Waiahole Poi Factory and Waiahole Elementary School use water from the affected system. A water tank was available Friday afternoon ahead of the test results.
Duane Lam Ho filled up, “We were all caught off guard yesterday.”
Pat Dumadag immediately took out a large pot when he heard, “I started boiling water, like they said to. and the rest of the family went to purchase bottled water.”
E. coli bacteria indicates the water may be contaminated by human waste. The bacteria can cause serious illness, and poses a special health risk to young children, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.
“I have a son who is battling cancer," Lam Ho said.
The reason for the higher-than-normal E. coli bacteria levels isn’t known, but it could be linked to recent severe weather, officials said.
There was also a water main break weeks ago that could have possibly let bacteria in.
The state Health Department is conducting further tests.