The U.S. Navy announced on Monday that it had stopped using Hawaii’s underground fuel tank farm above the aquifer that supplies water to urban areas of Honolulu.
The suspension, which reportedly came into effect on 27 November, comes after a water sample from the well. Showed the existence of oil.
Approximately 1,000 military personnel near Pearl Harbor complained that the smell of tap water was like fuel. Others reported suffering from cramps and vomiting after consuming water.
World War II tank farms fuel many US military aircraft and ships operating in the region.
The Navy’s water supply system serves approximately 93,000 people in Honolulu.
Navy officials said the distribution system would be flushed with clean water to remove residential petroleum products from the water.
Water is also tested to ensure that it meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking standards. This process can take up to 10 days.
The Governor of Hawaii and a delegation of Congress called on the Navy to stop the operation.
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Navy Stops Using Hawaii’s Fuel Tank Farm Due to Pollution Concerns
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