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Unsafe water was found last year at 41% of Hawaii beaches

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Video by Bruce Asato
On July 15, during the latest big swell in this epic South Shore summer, Oahu native Fred Farmer went surfing at Publics, a long, left-breaking wave that peels over the shallow reef off Public Bath Beach in Waikiki. Two days later, on Wednesday, he came down with the runs, fever, weakness and exhaustion: symptoms and timing consistent with gastroenteritis, the most common illness linked to swimming in sewage-­polluted water, according to the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency.
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At top, surfboards are pulled up from the water to the shore near Public Bath Beach.

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People played in the water Monday close to the shore near Public Bath Beach in Waikiki.

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Surfer Fred Farmer, sitting Monday on the wall on Public Bath Beach waterfront walkway, talked about how he got sick for three days after surfing there July 15.