The Navy said last week that water samples from one of its wells indicated the presence of oil. The well is near an underground fuel tank complex that has been responsible for multiple fuel leaks over the years.
The Navy’s water supply system serves approximately 93,000 people. About 1,000 military households complained about the fuel-like odor of tap water and illnesses such as stomach cramps and vomiting.
The Navy said it would flush clean water through a distribution system to remove residual petroleum products from the water. This process, along with testing, can take up to 10 days to ensure that the water meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking standards.
The Navy also promised to investigate how pollutants entered the well and resolve the issue.
The tap water problem afflicts submarines, ships, and one of the military’s most important bases, home to US military commanders in the Indo-Pacific region. They also threaten to endanger one of Honolulu’s most important aquifers and sources.
During World War II, the Roosevelt administration was concerned about its vulnerability to ground fuel tank attacks, so the Navy built a tank farm named Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
Navy Stops Use of Military Tank Farms Above Hawaii’s Aquifer | National News
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