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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2006
BEACH WARNING CLARIFICATION
The Department of Health may allow beach warning signs to be removed as early as this weekend, once testing indicates that sewage is no longer a factor there. After the rain stops, general island wide storm water advisories will be withdrawn.
Under Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 11-62: all wastewater system owners and operators whose systems spill sewage into state waters are required to immediately post warning signs in areas likely to be affected by a spill and where public access is possible. Owners and operators must also start bacteria sampling, notify the department of spills over 100 gallons, and issue a news release for spills of 1000 gallons or more. The department must approve the removal of warning signs.
Past and present practice is for the City and DOH to consult on water quality sampling results where the issue is posting more warning signs after the initial posting, and DOH acted promptly with the City to have signs posted at Kahanamoku and DeRussey beaches after receiving the results of the March 27 sampling from the City on March 28.
For information contact:
Janice Okubo Kurt Tsue
Communications Office Communications Office
Phone: (808) 586-4445 (808)586-4402
|Monday, April 03, 2006|