Park Staff and Visitors Advised to Drink Bottled Water until Further Notice
Hawai`i Volcanoes NEWS RELEASE
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Contact: Mardie Lane 808-985-6018
Superintendent Cindy Orlando today issued an advisory recommending park staff and visitors use bottled water for drinking purposes until further notice.
The park was notified by the State Department of Health that the results of a water sample taken in early August were inconclusive for contaminants.
"Although the test results were inconclusive, we would rather err on the side of caution and take all measures to protect our staff and visitors," said Orlando.
The park is following recommendations of the National Park Service's Public Health Office and the State Department of Health, including taking new samples at various locations.
Results from those tests should be available late next week.
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).