Advisory for Pride of America Cruisers: Sewage Discharge Near Hilo

Hilo News water advisory
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Hilo News water advisory

Hey cruisers, Justin here with an important update for those of you planning to visit Hilo. Health officials have issued a warning about a recent sewage discharge that affects the waters off Keaukaha. Here’s what you need to know and some advice to ensure your visit to Hilo remains enjoyable and safe.

What Happened

On Friday morning, a chlorination process failure at the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant led to the discharge of partially treated sewage into the waters near Keaukaha. The incident occurred at 8:15 a.m. and was resolved by 12:30 p.m. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) Clean Water Branch has advised the public to avoid the waters near the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant until further notice.

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Affected Areas

The affected areas stretch from the Hilo Breakwater to Richardson Ocean Park. Health officials have posted signs in these areas to warn the public. It’s crucial to stay out of these waters until the advisory has been lifted to avoid any potential health risks.

Advice for Cruisers

  • Avoid Affected Waters: For your safety, please avoid swimming, snorkeling, or any water activities in the affected areas. Pay attention to the posted signs and follow the guidance from health officials.
  • Alternative Activities: Hilo has plenty to offer beyond the beaches. Consider visiting the Liliuokalani Gardens, exploring the Hilo Farmers Market, or taking a short drive to see the beautiful Rainbow Falls.
  • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on updates from the Hawaiʻi DOH and local news outlets. The advisory will be lifted once the water is deemed safe, and updates will be provided to ensure you’re informed about the latest developments.
  • Respect Local Guidelines: Always respect the local health advisories and guidelines. The safety measures are in place to protect both residents and visitors.

Enjoying Hilo Safely

While this situation is unfortunate, it doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing time in Hilo. There are many land-based activities to enjoy:

  • Hilo Farmers Market: A great place to sample local produce, buy unique souvenirs, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center: Learn about Hawaiian culture and astronomy through interactive exhibits and planetarium shows.
  • Volcanoes National Park: Just a short drive from Hilo, this park offers stunning landscapes and the chance to see active volcanic activity.

Remember, safety comes first, so please adhere to the advisories and enjoy all the other wonderful experiences Hilo has to offer. If you have any questions or need more recommendations, feel free to reach out. Mahalo, and happy cruising!