- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials are reopening east Honolulu beaches closed when wastewater from a treatment plant flowed into the ocean.

The state Department of Health said Friday samples taken the previous two days showed no sign of the un-disinfected sewage in the water.

The department is directing warning signs to be removed from Sandy Beach and nearby shorelines.

The East Honolulu Wastewater Treatment Plant had removed heavy debris and contaminants from the million gallons of wastewater but hadn’t chlorinated it before the accidental discharge.

The private company that runs the plant says the incident happened Tuesday after an underground electrical cable that feeds power to a chlorination system shorted during heavy rain.

The incident came one day after a sewage spill during heavy rain temporarily closed Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches.

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