The state Health Department has issued a brown water advisory for the entire island of Maui after heavy rains resulted in stormwater runoff entering coastal waters.
A brown water advisory has also been issued for Wailua Bay on Kauai.
“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.
While not all coastal areas may be affected by runoff, the department said the public is advised to stay out of the water is brown, to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with a primary care physician with any health concerns.
A high bacteria count advisory has also been issued for Lahaina Town on Maui, and for Kuliouou Beach Park and Niu Beach on Oahu. Enterococci levels of 504 per 100 per milliliters were detected during routine beach monitoring at Lahaina Town on Friday. Enterococci levels of 504 and 2005 per 100 per milliliters were detected during routine beach monitoring at Kuliouou and Niu Beach, respectively, on Thursday.
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