Waialua residents seek state's help for stinky situation

Waialua residents seek state's help for stinky situation
Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM HST
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WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Something stinks in Waialua and residents say it's affecting their health.

A foul odor has permeated the community for the past month and it's source hasn't yet been confirmed.

Parents say the stench is so vile, it's making their children queasy.

"Both kids feeling pretty nauseous yesterday," said one resident. "It's worse in the mornings."

The stench daily fills homes and schools near Waialua Beach Road, residents say.

Last week, the state Department of Health spent two days at Paradise Shrimp Farm investigating whether or not someone was illegally dumping waste water in the area. Officials determined the smell was likely from a large fish kill, and workers were told to bag all the dead tilapia and dispose of them immediately.

Hawaii News Now stopped by the farm Tuesday to get an update, but signs warned visitors to stay off property.

State health officials say they will revisit the farm Wednesday since residents report the smell is as pungent as ever.

"It smelled like someone was pumping sewer water," said Carrie Fitzsimmons, Waialua resident.

She adds that she's not convinced it's rotting fish.

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