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Bayfront Area Reopens After Wastewater Spill

August 5, 2022, 11:04 AM HST
* Updated August 5, 2:07 PM
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Hawai‘i County Department of Environmental Management reports the Bayfront area from the Wailuku Bridge to the Bayfront restrooms is now opened.

The Department of Health has declared the area safe after a wastewater spill occurred on Waianuenue Avenue this past Monday, Aug. 1, where an estimated 6,300 gallons of wastewater was released.

The county Department of Environmental Management responded to a discharge of sewage from a manhole on Waiānuenue Avenue in the vicinity of Hilo High and Hilo Intermediate schools that started at about 12:15 p.m. Monday. Wastewater Division personnel arrived on the scene and were able to stop the discharge by about 2 p.m.

According to a press release, the contractor for a paving project in the area was notified about about water exiting the manhole and onto Waiānuenue Avenue. Crews from the Wastewater Division arrived at about 1:15 p.m.

The wastewater traveled down the northside curb of the roadway and into a storm drain just makai of Laimana Street, near the intersection with Waiānuenue. The affected portion of Waiānuenue Avenue was disinfected with a water and chlorine solution.

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The cause of the discharge was traced to the collapse of a section of a sewer main, which caused a partial blockage of the flow.

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Warning signs posted along Hilo Bay shoreline have been removed, and water sampling results show that the shoreline and beach are cleared for recreational activities.

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