Honolulu water utility shuts down well after fuel contamination

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Honolulu’s water utility said Friday it closed one of its wells amid concerns about fuel contamination in the Navy’s tap water supply. water Board supply,

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why it matters: Fuel contamination concerns threaten one of Honolulu’s most important water sources and a major military base where submarines, ships and US military commanders in the Indo-Pacific are located, AP reports,

big picture: The move comes after the Navy announced on Thursday that a water sample from one of its wells showed the presence of petroleum.

  • About 1,000 military families have complained about tap water coming from the well, either smelling like fuel or physical pain including stomach cramps, per AP.
  • The well, which serves about 93,000 people, is near a World War II fuel tank complex that has had several leaks over the years.

Running news: The Navy will flush clean water through a distribution system to clean petroleum products from the water, a process that can take four to 10 days per ap.

  • Water Supply Board manager and chief engineer Ernest Lau said Friday he was concerned that “the utility could draw contaminated water through the porous lava rock that makes up the aquifer, and deliver it to its customers,” the AP writes.
  • According to the Honolulu Civil, there is no indication that non-navy drinking water was contaminated. to beat,

What are they saying: “We are deeply concerned that we were not immediately notified by the Navy of the closure of their Red Hill waters,” Lau said in a statement. Statement,

  • “We have data that shows that when they stop pumping at Red Hill, our pumping causes the water to start moving in the direction of our pudding shaft. In an abundance of caution, we need to wait until further notice.” The pudding shaft has to be closed.”
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