Contamination alert posted for Punaluu stream, no swimming advised

Contamination alert posted for Punaluu stream, no swimming advised

PUNALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Health's Clean Water Branch is advising the public to avoid waters near a Punaluu stream due to a contamination alert.

State officials say wastewater flowed into Kaluanui Stream and potentially into nearby coastal waters sometime Wednesday night.

Health officials tracked the wastewater to a nearby parking lot.

Signs have been posted near the area which is close to Saint Joachim's church.

It is unclear if the discharge entered the ocean, but as a precaution, officials want the public to remain out of the waters until the signs are removed.

Water samples will be collected Thursday morning.

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