LIHUE — Over 20,000 gallons of sewage sludge overflowed from the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant early Thursday morning.
The digested sludge was in the process of being transferred to a drying bed a little after midnight when the sludge over topped the drying bed and flowed into the channel, according to a release from the Department of PublicWorks.
The sludge, which spread over three and a half hours, was contained at around 3:30 a.m., according to the release.
The sludge did not discharge into the ocean or other bodies of water, and the spill did not occur where there is public access.
Wastewater Management Division personnel are on site cleaning up the spill.
Cleanup efforts include using vacuum equipment to remove sludge from the affected area followed by disinfection of the affected area with chlorine.
State Department of Health officials have been notified about the spill.