Warning signs posted after plant dumps treated wastewater into ocean

The discharge exceedance was at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ocean outfall.
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 8:49 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 25, 2022 at 10:27 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The public is urged to avoid waters near the Ewa coastline as the city scrambles to address a significant discharge of treated wastewater from its Honouliuli plant.

The state Health Department’s Clean Water Branch said an operational issue at the plant was to blame.

The problems started Friday and authorities said up to 25 million gallons of wastewater with bacteria levels exceeding permitted levels was being dumped into the ocean daily.

Signs are up warning people to stay out of the water at Oneula, White Plains, Kalaeloa and Nimitz beaches.

There was no word on when the problem would be fixed.

The Honouliuli facility has a history of discharging sewage resulting in a consent decree in 2020 requiring the city to fix numerous violations.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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