Beachgoers at Magic Island warned of water main break, high bacteria levels

Published: Jul. 10, 2018 at 7:59 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 8:11 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It might be a good idea to avoid going to Magic Island on Wednesday.

The Board of Water Supply says a water main break happened on Tuesday, meaning there's no water in bathrooms, showers and drinking fountains.

Crews will be making repairs on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health is also alerting beachgoers to elevated bacteria levels.

During routine monitoring Tuesday, health officials found elevated levels of enterococci bacteria at the Ala Moana/Magic Island Lagoon.

They say water samples came back with enterococci measuring 178 per 100 mL. The normal threshold is 130 per 100 mL.

In the bacteria are potentially harmful microorganisms that could make some swimmers sick.

Children, the elderly and swimmers with weakened immune systems are more likely to get ill if they swim in contaminated waters.

"The most common illness associated with swimming in water polluted by fecal pathogens is gastroenteritis. It occurs in a variety of forms that can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses associated with swimming include ear, eye, nose and throat infections. In highly polluted water, swimmers may occasionally be exposed to more serious diseases," the DOH says.

Officials will continue to monitor the beach and alert beachgoers until bacteria levels return to normal.

This story may be updated.

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