On Wednesday, the Department of Water Supply has lifted the boil water advisory for Honokohau consumers on Maui after sampling the water supply for possible E. coli contamination.
The department has been confirmed to meet Federal Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Health water quality standards and does not contain any trace of the bacteria.
An advisory was issued to residents on Tuesday to boil their water before consumption. This as the department increased the chlorine levels and increasing sampling for coliform bacteria to determine the source of the contamination. It is anticipating resolving the issue within the next 48 hours.
The department provided portable water tanker located on Honokohau Valley Road for drinking and cooking in the meantime.
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
Bacterial contamination can result from increased run-off entering a drinking water source, such as during heavy rain. It can also result from a break in the distribution system, such as a waterline, or a failure in the water treatment process.
Please call the 24-hour hotline at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available by calling the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.