Puna News–State Dept. of Health: Don’t Go in the Water

The State Department of Health has issued a Brown Water Advisory for the Island of Hawai’i from Cape Kumukahi lighthouse to Kalapana due to the damage caused by Hurricane Iselle. Although the flood and storm water runoff may not be brown, the public is advised to stay out of inland and coastal waters in the affected areas due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Turbid water runoff have also been known to attract sharks due to possible dead animals being washed into the ocean.

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  1. John Marshall
    John Marshall says:

    Wonder how long this type of advisory lasts–weeks, months? How often will testing be done to determine if and when it’s safe to go in the water?

  2. dd
    dd says:

    I have been in contact with health department since Wednesday. The water at Pohoiki is totally fouled with the smell of raw sewage. They have only one water testet on the island. He tests the Puna on mondays. Raw sewage can contain hepatitus and other unwanted germs. All the cesspools at Vacationland were probably wrecked I was told. Yet they opened the hot pond with no testing yesterday.

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