POSTED: 5:32 p.m. HST, Sep 18, 2011
WAILUKU, Hawaii >> Environmental officials are warning the public about thousands of gallons of wastewater that spilled on Maui’s North Shore.
Beach closure signs have been posted, and County of Maui Department of Environmental Management officials say the spill has been cleaned and disinfected.
Officials say a pump station malfunction caused 5,200 gallons to spill out Friday.
The wastewater flowed from a manhole to a nearby storm sewer that drains into an ocean cove near Paia Bay.
KITV reports (http://bit.ly/rp5KIa) that a county chemist is taking water samples, and officials say beaches will stay closed until testing shows water conditions have returned to normal.