4 additional areas on Navy water system in Oahu declared safe

Four additional areas using the Navy water system, including two Aliamanu military reservation areas and the terraces at Moanalua, Halsey and Radford, were declared safe for use by the state Department of Health today. today.

Six of the Navy’s 19 water system areas are now awaiting approval. The areas declared safe today are labeled Zones F1, F2, H2 and H3, which include nearly 2,800 homes.

Area F1 includes Moanalua Terrace, Navy Exchange Mall, Moanalua Mall, Pearl Harbor Elementary School, and Kamaaina Kids Moanalua Preschool.

Zone F2 includes Catlin Park, Maloelap, Doris Miller, Halsey Terrace and Radford Terrace. It also includes Catlin School Age Care and Peltier Child Development Center.

More than 600 AMR residences in zones H2 and H3 were declared to have drinking water today. The three AMR zones now have access to drinking water.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the residents of the Aliamanu Military Reserve to our home,” Maj. Gen. Joe Ryan, commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division and Task Force Ohana, said in a statement. “For more than three months, our mission, along with the members of the Interagency Drinking Water System Team, has been to bring our families home with safe and clean drinking water. We recognize that this time has been difficult for our families and we appreciate their courage and understanding. Going forward, we will implement a long-term monitoring plan that includes routine home testing to ensure our residents continue to have clean, safe drinking water.

The DOH issued a ‘do not drink’ advisory in late November after fuel from the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Facility contaminated its drinking water system, which serves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the surrounding neighborhoods. Since then, the Navy has been cleaning up the water, which was sampled by the Interagency Drinking Water System Team. The IDWST is made up of state and federal representatives from the DOH, US Environmental Protection Agency, Navy and Army.

A sample from an outdoor sink at a school in the F1 area tested above the DOH’s incident-specific parameter for beryllium, the department reported. The device was rinsed and sampled again, then all sampled homes and buildings reached the beryllium screening level of four parts per billion.

Similarly, a home in the F2 area was tested above the DOH screening level for total petroleum hydrocarbons, which include hundreds of chemical compounds from crude oil. The house water was flushed and re-sampled, and subsequently all sampled houses and buildings met the TPH screening level.

An independent third-party lab initially reported the presence of bis(2-chloroethyl)ether, or BCEE, in samples from areas F2, H2, and H3, although the lab and IDWST later determined that the BCEE results were correct. false. positive.

The IDWST’s joint plan is to sample more than 900, or 10%, of homes in the Navy’s water supply system and 100% of its schools and child development centers.

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