Drinking water now safe after E. coli found in Aina Koa

Published: Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM HST
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EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Board of Water Supply confirmed the presence of the E. coli bacteria in water samples from the Aina Koa Neighborhood Park.

The equipment that adds chlorine to disinfect the water is to blame. Crews fixed the equipment and restored chlorine levels Friday.

The water is safe to drink, but it's unknown where the bacteria came from.

"E. coli also exists in the environment. It can be found on soil, plant matter and it can actually live in the soil for extended periods of time. So it's not always coming from a fecal source. It's something that's especially found in the tropical, sub-tropical, environment just like Hawaii," said Erwin Kawata, BWS Program Administrator for Water Quality.

The presence was confirmed from a routine sample taken Wednesday October 16. BWS officials notified the Department of Health and sent inspectors out to all Aina Koa stations and reservoirs.

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