The state Department of Health issued a brown water advisory for Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore as well as the northeast coast of Hawaii island this morning due to heavy rains that resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters.
“The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris,” said the advisory. “Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow-up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.”
Brown water advisories also remain in effect at Kakahaia Wildlife Refuge on Molokai and at Hilo Bay on Hawaii island.
The public can view or subscribe to water quality advisories on the department’s newly revamped website.