Honolulu closed its largest water source on Oahu due to contamination of a Navy well near Pearl Harbor
The Navy added that it had seen concerns from residents of affected neighborhoods who were exposed to the contaminated water and reported symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and skin problems.
The Navy isolated the Red Hill well last Sunday and sent in samples for testing on Monday, he said.
“The results of the Red Hill sample showed petroleum hydrocarbons about four to ten times below the Hawaii Department of Health’s Environmental Action Level (EAL). The Navy performed a separate test that confirmed the results. vapors, which is another indication of petroleum hydrocarbons, ”he said. in a report.
“The Navy is developing a plan to restore the drinking water system to EPA standards, identify how this contaminant entered the well and repair the well,” the statement continued.
When BWS heard about the closure of the well on Tuesday, it reduced pumping capacity by 50%, he said in a press release.
“We are deeply concerned that we were not immediately informed by the Navy regarding the shutdown of their Red Hill water source,” BWS Director and Chief Engineer Ernest Lau said in a statement. statement, adding that the Halawa well had been closed in “plenty of warning.”
“We have data that shows that when they stop pumping at Red Hill, water starts moving towards our Halawa well due to our pumping,” Lau said.
The Halawa well pumps 10 million gallons of water per day and provides water for 20% of Honolulu’s water supply, the BWS said.
The delegation called on the Navy to identify, isolate and “immediately” resolve the issues that allowed the contamination to occur. They also urged the governor to seek help from the Biden administration.
Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Rear Admiral Blake Converse told the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Joint Base Virtual Town Hall meeting that the health and welfare “of the residents of our homes and of the State of Hawaii and their citizens ”are a priority.
“Our second priority is to identify, isolate and clean up the military-supplied drinking water system and restore the public’s confidence in this system to get you back to normal, get into your homes and drink from. clean water, ”Converse added.