Brown water advisory in effect for Oahu, Maui


A brown water advisory has been issued for the island of Oahu due to heavy rains of the past few days.

You are advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.

Not all waters may be affected, but if the water is brown stay out and continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with your primary care doctor.

We saw lots of debris being brought down the flooded Manoa stream yesterday morning. That stream empties in the Ala Wai Canal, which empties into the ocean.

Lots of debris in a Department of Land and Natural Resources boom that is permanently installed at the base of the Ala Wai, not far from the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.

The state privately contracts out to a company to clean the catchment boom on a regular basis. They have certainly been busy lately, heavy the rains the past few days. And then last month Tropical Storm Darby brought heavy debris down from the mountains. You may even remember a portion of Kamehameha Highway flooding because of the run off in Kalihi Stream.

Probably take a few days for the brown water to subside.

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