Sewage spill on north shore

PRINCEVILLE — A 2,000 gallon sewage spill is keeping The St. Regis Princeville Resort guests out of the water fronting the high-end hotel while state health officials wait on water sample test results.

The spill happened Monday. It was caused by a broken line, which released the sewage into a marshy area below Hanalei Bay Resort.

The line break occurred by Pump Station 5 near Hanalei Bay Resort’s lower tennis courts.

Princeville Utilities Company, Inc., an investor-owned utility headquartered at the Princeville Airport, is working with the state Department of Health to address the wastewater spill.

The spill has been contained and PUCI officials have completed repairs to the main line and have disinfected the area.

Signs are posted near the marsh and St. Regis beach warning swimmers to stay out of the water.

“Public health and safety remain our top priorities,” said PUCI Manager Ian Kagimoto. “We regret any inconvenience caused by the leak, and will continue to work closely with health officials to keep the public informed.”

Water sample test results are expected to be available Thursday.

PUCI is regulated by the state Public Utilities Commission. It provides drinking water and wastewater services to Princeville and surrounding areas on Kauai’s North Shore.

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