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Kailua Beach, Kaneohe Bay among areas affected by sewage, brown water

The state Department of Health issued a brown water advisory late this afternoon for Kapoho on Hawaii island due to stormwater runoff entering 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, according to the health department. While not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, the public is advised to stay out if the water is brown.

On Monday, the health department also notified the public of wastewater discharge at Kea‘ahala and Kawa streams in Kaneohe Bay and at Kaelepulu Stream and Kailua Beach on Oahu.

The city on Monday notified the department of a wastewater discharge from a manhole fronting 138 Popoia Road. More than an estimated 30,000 gallons entered Kaelepulu Stream, which empties into Kailua Beach. The public is advised to remain out of the waters until the advisory has been removed.

In Kaneohe, more than 10,000 gallons entered Kawa Stream, which empties into Kaneohe Bay. The public is advised to stay out of the waters of Kawa Stream and out of Kaneohe Bay from Bayside Place to Mikiloa Drive.

Updates are available at the state’s Clean Water Branch website.

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