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Bacteria Levels High at Anahola Bay Pavilion

Posted September 16, 2020, 2:03 PM HST

A water quality advisory has been issued at Anahola Bay Pavilion due to high levels of bacteria detected in the ocean.

During a routine beach monitoring, the Department of Health Clean Water Branch detected an exceedance of enterococci at levels of 271 per 100 mL. The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill.

Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious – they usually require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects.

The beach has been posted and this advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the threshold level of 130 enterococci per 100 mL.