Warning signs have been posted after a sewage spill at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch was notified by the U.S. Navy of a spill near Porter Avenue and 17th Street.
Navy personnel responded to a call at 8:30 a.m. regarding an 18-inch wastewater force main that ruptured.
Crews were immediately dispatched and completed an emergency excavation to install a bypass line which stopped the spill at 11:30 a.m.
Cause for the break is unknown at this time. Assessment of the break and repairs are underway.
Twenty-seven-thousand gallons of sewage spilled and entered a nearby storm drain. It is estimated that 20,000 gallons of sewage was recovered from the storm drain by vacuum truck which was on scene within 30 minutes.
Approximately 7,000 gallons of sewage entered the storm drain leading to a canal discharging at a location east of Hickam Beach, roughly 2.5 miles away from the entry point when measured along the storm drain and canal path.
Water samples are being collected.
The public is advised to remain out of the waters near Hickam Beach until the warning signs are removed.