DOH: Spill didn’t reach nearshore waters

PRINCEVILLE — The beach fronting the St. Regis Princeville Resort reopened following a 2,000 gallon sewage spill caused by a broken line.

The spill happened Monday near Pump Station 5 by Hanalei Bay Resort’s lower tennis courts. It released sewage into a marshy area below Hanalei Bay Resort, causing the waters fronting the St. Regis to close.

Water quality test results conducted by the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch on Tuesday and Wednesday indicated that the sewage entered into the marsh but did not reach nearshore waters.

The beach at the St. Regis reopened Thursday and signs that were posted near the marsh and swimming area warning people to stay out of the water have been removed.

“It was an unforeseen occurrence and our guests were very understanding about the situation,” said Stephanie Reid, spokeswoman for the St. Regis. “Our staff offered other beach options to our guests and they were also very cooperative.”

Princeville Utilities Company, Inc., an investor-owned utility, worked with Clean Water Branch officials to contain the wastewater spill, repair the broken line and disinfect the area.

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.

“We’re pleased that the beach area along the St. Regis is reopened to the public, now that the state Department of Health has completed its water-quality testing,” said Ian Kagimoto, PUCI’s manager. “We’re removing the public warning signs posted on Monday, and regret any inconvenience to local residents and guests. PUCI will continue to work closely with state officials on all matters related to public safety and health, which remain our primary concern.”

Kauai waters remain under a Brown Water Advisory due to recent heavy rains. Not all waters may be affected.

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