Water quality meeting on, reports available

LIHUE — Hawaii’s new beach water quality monitoring program will be presented to the public at a meeting at 6 tonight at the state Department of Health Kauai District Health Office conference room.

The state DOH will present its new Hawaii Beach Monitoring Program, which outlines methods and areas for water quality testing throughout Hawaii.

Subjects include sign posting when water is contaminated, response to sewage spills, brown water advisories and water testing methods.

A traditional 30-day comment period has been extended to 90 days at the request of Surfrider. The deadline for public comments is Sept. 1.

All comments must be in writing to Alec Wong, Clean Water Branch, Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 301, Honolulu, HI 96814.

The state DOH Kauai District Health Office Conference Room is at 3040 Umi St.

DOW’s water quality reports available

The county Department of Water Water Quality Reports for 2016 are available at www.kauaiwater.org.

All DOW customers will also be mailed a letter with a direct link to their applicable water quality report.

The reports describe the quality of Kauai’s drinking water and where it comes from. It contains basic information on Kauai’s water sources, results of water analyses, compliance with drinking water rules and other brief educational materials.

Kauai’s drinking water is tested regularly through the state DOH and DOW’s certified laboratories. Kauai’s drinking water meets all federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for safe drinking water, and any contaminants found were well below the levels allowed by the EPA.

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