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Beach park soap ban aligns city with federal regulations

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

~~<p class="p1"><strong>Question: </strong>Recently several of us noticed that there are new signs posted on the bathhouse at Ala Moana Beach Park declaring it illegal to use shampoo, soap or conditioner at the beach showers since the runoff may enter the ocean at some point (which it actually does not; it evaporates before reaching the ocean). Also, several swimmers said that folks have mentioned this law to them and given them &quot;stink eye&quot; while they were showering with soap/shampoo. I have been swimming at Ala Moana since 1982 and have always used soap and shampoo after swimming, as do the vast majority of swimmers, and have never heard of such an absurd law.&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1">Considering how bad the water cleanliness is there in the ocean already, using an antibacterial soap is almost mandatory after swimming. Also, many people like to swim before going to work or during their lunch break, and there is no way they want to put on their work clothes without first using soap to get clean. The environmentalists may argue that the shower runoff damages the ocean water, but what about the hundreds of folks lathering themselves with suntan lotion and sun protection oils/liquids and then going into the water or showering off?</p>
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Question: Recently several of us noticed that there are new signs posted on the bathhouse at Ala Moana Beach Park declaring it illegal to use shampoo, soap or conditioner at the beach showers since the runoff may enter the ocean at some point (which it actually does not; it evaporates before reaching the ocean). Also, several swimmers said that folks have mentioned this law to them and given them "stink eye" while they were showering with soap/shampoo. I have been swimming at Ala Moana since 1982 and have always used soap and shampoo after swimming, as do the vast majority of swimmers, and have never heard of such an absurd law. 

Considering how bad the water cleanliness is there in the ocean already, using an antibacterial soap is almost mandatory after swimming. Also, many people like to swim before going to work or during their lunch break, and there is no way they want to put on their work clothes without first using soap to get clean. The environmentalists may argue that the shower runoff damages the ocean water, but what about the hundreds of folks lathering themselves with suntan lotion and sun protection oils/liquids and then going into the water or showering off? Login for more...



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