Sewage contaminates Ala Moana Bowls
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are posted at the Ala Moana Bowls, a popular surfing spot and other beach areas where the Ala Wai Canal empties into the ocean.
Crews diverted more than 375,000 gallons of wastewater into the Ala Wai Canal on Friday night after heavy rains exacerbated repairs to a 42-inch break.
The main break happened Thursday night on Kaiolu Street, and repairs to the main were expected to continue today.
City spokesman Bill Brennan said heavy rains expected today and tomorrow could force crews to again divert wastewater into the canal, which leads to Ala Moana Bowls.
"We're trying to beat the clock," Brennan said.
City Environmental Services Department workers were patrolling Ala Wai's banks yesterday to let people know about the danger.
People are advised to wash thoroughly if they come in contact with the contaminated water.
The main serves the Beachwalk Wastewater Pumping Station, and was built in 1964. It was set to be replaced next year.
Kaiolu Street and the left lane of Ala Wai Boulevard are closed during the repairs.