LIHU‘E – Wastewater officials reopened Kalapaki Beach this afternoon following approval from the Department of Health, according to a county news release.
State and county representatives have been monitoring the water quality at Kalapaki Beach since a power outage caused a sewage spill at the Lihu‘e Wastewater Treatment Plant last Wednesday. The outage appears to have occurred on an internal circuit and did not involve Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative.
Roughly 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of treated effluent flowed from the plant into a storm drain that leads into the bay.
Wastewater officials have since taken the necessary steps to prevent a similar incident from reoccurring.
A partial reopening of the beach was approved on Tuesday, but beach closure signs remained posted along the beach fronting the Anchor Cove Shopping Center and Kalapaki Stream.
As of this afternoon, all beach closure signs have been removed.