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KONA, Hawaii — Bottled-water company Koyo USA has agreed to pay the Hawaii department of health $2 million as part of a settlement in an enforcement case, KHON2 reported.
Koyo USA, which sells its bottled water under the name MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea, allegedly diverted concentrated ocean water that that had been rejected by its reverse osmosis system.
"For reasons no one can understand or explain a small bypass was put in taking some of the unfiltered water into the final drinking product," said Department of Health Deputy Director of Environmental Health Gary Gill.
Koyo USA did not admit any wrongdoing.