Hawaii's Cesspools Threaten Drinking Water, Tourism
Sewage from holes of human waste have state lawmakers scrambling to find a fix
HONOLULU - Paradise has a sewage problem.
Cesspools - holes in the ground where untreated human waste is deposited - have become a crisis in Hawaii, threatening the state’s drinking water, its coral reefs and the famous beaches that are the lifeblood of its tourist economy.
Sewage from cesspools is seeping into some of Hawaii’s ocean waters, where it has been blamed for infections suffered by surfers and snorkelers. It is also entering the drinking water in part of the state, pushing nitrate levels close to the legal limit.