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Health officials approve partial reopening of Kalapaki Beach

Published On: May 22 2012 04:14:52 PM HST
Kalapaki Beach

Courtesy: Hawaii Stream

LIHUE, Hawaii -

After reviewing the results of water quality tests on Kalapaki Beach over the last four days, state Department of Health officials have approved a partial reopening of the beach Tuesday afternoon.

The areas of Kalapaki Beach that are now deemed safe for beachgoers to return to include the eastern end of the beach from the rocks in the middle of Kalapaki Beach to the cliffs where the homes are located, and the surfing area along the jetty known as "Ammonia’s" on the western side of the bay.

County crews have removed the beach closure signs in the areas noted above.

The area between the rocks in the middle of Kalapaki Beach and "Pine Trees" in front of Anchor Cove Shopping Center, including Kalapaki Stream, remains closed until further notice.

State and county officials are continuing to monitor this situation.

Concerns about the water quality of Kalapaki Beach following a report on the spill of 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of treated effluent that flowed from the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant into a storm drain that leads into Kalapaki Bay has kept the beach closed since Thursday morning.

The spill occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday following a partial power outage at the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The cause of the outage was due to an internal circuit that powers the newly installed tertiary plant processes required to produce R-1 quality irrigation water.

Officials have taken the necessary steps to prevent a reoccurrence of Wednesday’s spill.

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