Hilo Bay area deemed safe, all parks reopened following sewage spill

All beach parks along Hilo Bay have been reopened following a sewage spill from an overflowing manhole.

According to the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch, roughly 41,000 gallons of raw sewage discharged at the intersection of Laimana Street and Waianuenue Avenue Monday.

The spill was reported at around 9 a.m. and, according to the health department, wasn’t stopped until 1 p.m.

The source of the spill was an obstructed manhole which had an out-of-date overflow feature that connects the manhole directly to the stream. The discharge entered a Wailuku stream tributary immediately makai of the Hilo High School track.

The spill initially prompted officials to close Hilo Bay and all beach parks within the break wall.

Work crews cleared the blockage and water quality was monitored daily.

The health department gave the all-clear Wednesday afternoon, and all warning signs were removed.

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