The Navy Has Suspended Use of a Military Tank Farm in Hawaii Due to Reports of Petroleum Odour

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After petroleum seeped into Honolulu’s water supply, the Navy suspended usage of a WWII-era fuel tank farm over an aquifer.

Last week, approximately 1,000 families reported their tap water smelling like gasoline or having stomach aches and vomiting. The aquifer atop the tank farm provides roughly 20% of Honolulu’s water.

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After two weeks of issues on and around the installation, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro made the news during a press meeting at Pearl Harbor.

People utilizing the Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, including two primary schools, have been complaining of a gasoline-like stench. The next day, people were advised to seek other water sources for drinking, cooking, and oral hygiene.

Following the Navy’s announcement on Friday, the chemical was confirmed to be from their Red Hill well. The Navy said the well has been stopped since Nov. 28 due to an “abundance of caution.”

Water testing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam shows the Navy is not adequately administering the WWII-era facility, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the state’s congressional delegation stated on Twitter.

“We demand that the Navy cease operations at Red Hill until this problem is resolved.”

Water testing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam shows the Navy is not adequately administering the WWII-era facility, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the state’s congressional delegation stated on Twitter. “We demand that the Navy cease operations at Red Hill until this problem is resolved.”

Water and gasoline combination leaking from fire suppression system drain line into the lower tunnel in Red Hill fuel tank farm, according to Associated Press. During the event, the Navy reported no gasoline escaped into the environment.

Water and gasoline combination leaking from fire suppression system drain line into the lower tunnel in Red Hill fuel tank farm, according to Associated Press. During the event, the Navy reported no gasoline escaped into the environment.

The Navy said it would flow clean water through the distribution system for up to ten days to remove residual petroleum products.

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The water shutoff occurs amid harsh weather. On Monday, the islands received tremendous rain, with most regions receiving 10 to 15 inches. According to Hawaii News Now, Ige warned locals to expect landslides, road closures, and damaged houses.