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Public advised to stay out of Hilo Bay due to 3,600 gallons of wastewater discharge

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On the Big Island, the public is advised to stay out of the water at Hilo Bay due to wastewater discharge.

An estimated 3,600 gallons of wastewater overflowed on Waiānueanue Avenue and entered a nearby storm drain that empties into Hilo Bay, according to the County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management.

It happened near the ʻUlulani Street intersection between noon and 6 p.m. on Monday.

Responding crews cleaned and disinfected Waiānuenue Avenue from the point of the spill to the storm drain, the department said.

Crews posted warning signs at shoreline entry points and collected water samples for analysis. The public should remain out of the water until warning signs are removed.

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