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No soapy suds allowed while showering at beach parksUPDATED 7:25 PM HST Jun 06, 2014Video Transcript
It could bring some beachgoers at Ala Moana into a full lather. Check out the sign... it says no more shampoo, conditioners or soaps when showering at the popular beach park. KELSEY-ANN LUNDBERG: "YOU KNOW I THINK A FEW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE KIND OF UPSET, BUT IN GENERAL I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA TO PREVENT SOME RUNOFF INTO THE OCEAN." The city has embarked on a pilot project at Ala Moana to comply with federal law that prohibits the release of potential toxins into the ocean. Signs went up near showers at Magic Island in early May, but as you can see, it'll take some getting used to. MIKE ISHODA: "I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE IT, LIKE THEY SHOULD PUT IT AT LEAST BY THE SHOWER, LIKE POST IT ABOVE THE SHOWER SO PEOPLE CAN TAKE NOTICE." Under city ordinance those who continue to froth-up can be fined, sent to jail or both! However city officials say they're willing to give beach users a little bit of leeway. JESSE BRODER VAN DYKE: "AT THIS POINT WE'RE JUST EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AND WE'RE ASKING FOR VOLUNTARY COOPERATION. AT THIS POINT POLICE AREN'T GOING TO BE OUT THERE ENFORCING IT." KELSEY-ANN LUNDBERG: "I THINK IT'S MORE OF LIKE AN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY, I DON'T THINK FINES ARE A GOOD IDEA HONESTLY. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO CARRY THAT OUT." MARVIN HESKETT: "WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SHOWERING FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET, ALL THAT CAN ADD UP OVER TIME." "WE JUST LIKE THE FACT THAT THE CITY AND COUNTY IS AWARE OF WATER QUALITY ISSUES AND HELPING TO SHARE THAT WITH THE PUBLIC." Instead of undergoing treatment, the water from this shower at Ala Moana ends up in a storm drain that leads straight to the ocean. JESSE BRODER VAN DYKE: "THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, THAT'S WHY ALL OF OUR HOMES ARE HOOKED UP TO THAT SYSTEM, BUT AT THE BEACH PARK IT JUST KIND OF GOES INTO THE OCEAN THERE." ANDREW PEREIRA: "BUT OF COURSE THE NEW RULE DOESN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LATHER UP WITH SUN TAN OIL OR SUNSCREEN AND THEN GO TAKE A DIP IN THE OCEAN." MARVIN HESKETT: "I SEE A LOT OF SUNTAN... YOU KNOW ALL THAT OIL, THAT FILM RIGHT ABOVE THE WATER." KELSEY-ANN LUNDBERG: "I KNOW THAT THEY'RE MAKING MORE SUNSCREENS NOW THAT ARE ENVIRONMENTAL LY FRIENDLY, SO I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA TO KIND OF TRY AND MARKET THAT AS WELL." The city plans to eventually expand the program to other parks where shower runoff reaches the ocean. If the the city is in violation of its Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, it could face stiff fines from the feds. Yunji?