High bacteria levels detected in waters at beach parks in Hilo
High bacteria levels were detected in waters at Richardson Ocean Park and Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo.
According to the State Department of Health, levels of 406 per 100 mL were detected during routine beach monitoring. DOH officials are uncertain about the representativeness of the first sample and are retesting.
During routine testing at Onekahakha, levels of 453 per 100 mL were detected. Officials are also uncertain about this representation.
Both beaches have historically met the acceptable beach threshold levels, and there is no known source of fecal contamination, according to the DOH. Another water sample has been collected from both locations and will be retested.