Brown Water Advisory, 04 September 2018

Accessed on 05 September 2018, 0629 UTC, Post #17576.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency is warning people not to enter coastal waters affected by debris, sewage, waste material, and runoff.  Here’s the official “Brown Water Advisory.”

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense message for Tuesday, September 4 at 3:45 in the afternoon.

The Department of Health has issued a Brown Water Advisory for Hilo Bay, and up the Hamakua Coast to Laupahoehoe on Hawaii Island. Heavy rain has resulted in storm water runoff entering the waters of the eastern coast of Hawaii Island.

The public is 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 coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown, you are advised to stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow-up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts