Small Sewer Spill in Vicinity of Wailuku River, Kaipalaoa Landing; County Repairing Broken Sewer Lateral



Reporting Agency: County of Hawaii

Wastewater Division

108 Railroad Avenue

Hilo, Hawaii  96720

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Location of the Discharge: Vicinity of Wailuku River and Kaipalaoa Landing, Hilo, Hawai‘i


Date of Discharge: 7/10/2017


Description: Discharge of untreated wastewater at shoreline in the vicinity of Wailuku River and
Kaipalaoa Landing in Hilo, Hawai‘i
Cause of the Discharge: The cause of the discharge was due to wastewater entering the Storm
Drain system from a broken sewer lateral at the corner of Waiānuenue Avenue and Kino‘ole St.


Remedial Actions Taken: While the discharge into the Storm Drain system was small and estimated to be
in the order of one (1) gallon per hour; the shoreline area in the vicinity of the Storm Drain discharge has been posted with Warning Signs in accordance with State of Hawai‘i, Department of Health requirements and the sign-posted area is closed to recreational activity until further notice.  The Wastewater Division is testing shoreline waters in the vicinity of the discharge.  Testing will continue until authorization is obtained from the State of Hawai`i, Department of Health to remove Warning Signs posted in the area.  The County is currently in the process of coordinating repair of the broken sewer lateral.


Contact Person: Lyle Hirota, Wastewater Deputy Division Chief
Working hours phone number: 808-961-8333
After hours phone number: 808-936-4498