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Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations hold news conference to discuss Red Hill water crisis – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-12-06 18:57:48 –

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The Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations visited Red Hill on Monday, December 6, to understand the complexity of the situation. (Courtesy of Chief of Naval Operations Mike Gilday)

Honolulu (KHON2) — Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations will hold a joint news conference at US Pacific Fleet Headquarters at 2:00 pm on Monday.

Both leaders are in Pearl Harbor, looking directly at Red Hill and meeting the affected inhabitants.

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Governor David Ige and a delegation of parliament have called on the Navy to shut down operations on a World War II-era fuel tank farm above the watershed that supplies the city of Honolulu.

The call from the elected leaders is because Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro will hold a press conference at Pearl Harbor on Monday afternoon to discuss the ongoing crisis of tap water in Pearl Harbor.

The Navy said last week that water samples from one of its wells indicated the presence of oil. 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.

“Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Test results confirming drinking water pollution at Hickam show that the Navy is not effectively operating World War II era facilities and protects the health and safety of Hawaiians. Governor David Ige, US Senator Mage Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, US Senator Ed Cases, Kaiari’I’m Kahere, all Democrats.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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