Unlawful Connection Caused Water Warning

KILAUEA, HAWAII - A "do not use" advisory in Kilauea last week was caused by an unlawful cross connection that was installed by a Department of Water customer in Kilauea, a county press released stated.

The cross connection was caused by the customer connecting a surface water irrigation line to the water system without an approved backflow preventer. When the pressure in the irrigation line increased, irrigation water was pushed into the county water system, causing the contamination, according to the release.

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