DOH Investigation into Navy Water System

DOH continues its emergency response to remediate contamination in the Navy water system, ensure that affected families can return to their homes, and restore the aquifer.

News Directives & Plans Survey Video Test Results FAQ Resources

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) finalized its Emergency Order to suspend operations and empty the underground tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Deputy Director Marian Tsuji’s final order affirmed Hearings Officer David Day’s proposed findings and recommendations. This ruling finalizes DOH’s December 6 Emergency Order.

1/3/2022 – Final Decision Docket No. 21-UST-EA-02

Related Documents: 

12/29/2021 – Navy’s Exceptions to Proposed Decision

12/27/2021 – Hearings Officer’s Proposed Decision and Order

12/27/2021 – Order Setting Time Limit for Exceptions

12/27/2021 – Final Order Granting Motions to Intervene

Evidentiary Hearing, DOH v. Navy, Dkt. No. 21-UST-EA-02 (Emergency Order)

The evidentiary hearing concerning the Hawaiʻi Department of Health Order on Red Hill Operations began on Monday, December 20 at 8:00 AM HST and concluded on Tuesday, December 21.

The hearing video is posted at https://www.youtube.com/c/HawaiiDOH/videos

Click here to view the hearing notice.


CURRENT ADVISORY: DOH recommends all Navy water system users should avoid using the water for drinking, cooking, or oral hygiene. This includes consumption by pets. Navy water system users who detect a fuel-like odor from their water should also avoid using the water for bathing, dishwashing or laundry.

News Releases

January 14, 2022 | DOH releases validated result of December Aliamanu Military Reservation system flush

January 11, 2022 | DOH/CDC Health survey expanded to include all Navy Water System users

January 3, 2022 | DOH Upholds Hearings Officer’s Recommendation on Red Hill Emergency Order

December 17, 2021 | Hawai‘i DOH, Navy, Army, and EPA establish Interagency Drinking Water System Team, sign water sampling plan

December 16, 2021 | Red Hill emergency order evidentiary hearing scheduled for Monday

December 15, 2021 | Hawai‘i Department of Health releases 27 new Navy Water System test results 

December 10, 2021 | Hawai’i Department of Health confirms high levels of petroleum contamination in Navy’s Red Hill Shaft 

December 8, 2021 | Petroleum contamination reported in Navy’s Aiea Halawa shaft 

December 7, 2021 | Hawai‘i Department of Health orders Navy to suspend operations

December 3, 2021 | DOH receives initial results from Navy water system tests

December 1, 2021 | Preliminary results detect petroleum product in Navy water system

November 30, 2021 | Hawai‘i Department of Health advises Navy water system consumers not to drink, consume tap water 

 

Directives, Orders & Plans

1/4/2022 – Non-Residential Flushing Plan

12/28/2021 – Single Family Home Flushing Plan Checklist and Standard Operating Procedures

12/18/2021 – Interagency Drinking Water System (IDWS) Team Drinking Water Distribution System Recovery Plan

12/18/2021 – Interagency Drinking Water System (IDWS) Team Drinking Water System Flushing Zone – Summary Map

12/14/2021 – Interagency Drinking Water System (IDWS) Team Drinking Water Sampling Plan

12/8/2021 – DOH Directive on Flushing Requirements

12/5/2021 – DOH Emergency Order on Red Hill Operations

12/4/2021 – DOH Formal Request for Records

 

Health Impact Survey

All individuals affected by the petroleum contamination in the U.S. Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam drinking water system are invited to participate in a survey to learn more about health impacts. Learn more about the Health Assessment of Residents Impacted by Navy Water Contamination.

The survey will include questions about ways people were exposed to the contaminated water, health symptoms they experienced, and medical care they sought. It also will cover impacts on the participant’s children and pets, health status prior to the water contamination, and ways to contact the participant in the future. Participation is voluntary and participant identities will be kept confidential. The survey will be available online through February 7.

The information gathered from the health assessment will further the understanding of how the contamination impacted the health of Hawaiʻi residents. Results will be summarized in a report that will be made publicly available.  

How to Participate 

Scan the QR code:

ATSDR QR Code 

 

 

 

 

Online: go.usa.gov/xtg8v 

Phone: 404-567-3256 

Email: [email protected] 

 

Video

Media Availability Kathleen Ho, Dr. Diana Felton December 1, 2021 Media Availability with Deputy Director of Environmental Health and State Toxicologist

State Toxicologist Dr. Diana Felton joins Deputy Director of Environmental Health Kathleen Ho for an update on the Navy Water system. Recorded Dec. 1, 2021

 

 

 

Media Availability Kathleen Ho November 30, 2021 Media Availability with Deputy Director of Environmental Health Kathleen Ho on Navy water system

Update to the Hawaii DOH response to complaints of a fuel or gasoline-like odor from consumers of the Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) water system. Affected residents are asked to contact the DOH at [email protected] to report similar complaints. Please provide your name, phone number, affected address and any details relating to the smell/taste or color in the drinking water. Recorded Nov. 30, 2021.

 

 

Test Results

Click on a location below to view laboratory reports of DOH-collected samples related to the Navy water system incident. Samples were collected by DOH and analyzed by Eurofins Scientific in California.

Location(s) Sampled

Result (Petroleum Product Detected or Not Detected) Date of Collection
Red Hill Water Supply Distribution System Detected November 24, 2021
Nimitz Elementary School and Pearl Harbor Elementary School Not Detected November 29, 2021
Aliamanu Child Development Center Detected December 3, 2021
Eagle Circle and Milo Lane Residences Detected December 3, 2021
Red Hill Shaft and Upper Storage Tank Detected December 5, 2021
Dovekie Avenue site: 974572 Not Detected December 9, 2021
Halawa Correctional Facility Not Detected December 9, 2021
Birch Circle Not Detected December 8, 2021
Bittern Avenue Not Detected December 9, 2021
106th Street site: 974576 Not Detected December 9, 2021
Navy’s Aiea Halawa Shaft Not Detected December 9, 2021
Navy’s Halawa Storage Tank Not Detected December 9, 2021
Iroquois Point Elementary School Not Detected December 7, 2021
Navy’s Waiawa Shaft Not Detected December 7, 2021
McGrew site: 974257 Not Detected December 7, 2021
McGrew site: 974256 Not Detected December 7, 2021
Birch Not Detected December 7, 2021
106th Street site: 974577 Not Detected December 9, 2021
Iroquois Avenue site: 974579 Not Detected December 9, 2021
McGrew Loop site: 974587 Not Detected December 8, 2021
Octopus Lane Not Detected December 8, 2021
Mokupea Place Not Detected December 9, 2021
3rd Street Not Detected December 9, 2021
Ibis Avenue Not Detected December 9, 2021
Honu Loop Not Detected December 8, 2021
Hekau Street site: 974580 Not Detected December 8, 2021
McGrew Loop site: 974586 Detected December 8, 2021
Edgewater Drive Detected December 9, 2021
Dovekie Avenue site: 974583 Detected December 9, 2021
Hekau Street site: 974259 Detected December 7, 2021
Iroquois Avenue site: 974253 Detected December 7, 2021
Drinking Water Distribution System Recovery Plan Zone H2 Detected December 26, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am on the Navy water system?

You can find your water system on your water bill. If you find your address listed on the Honolulu Board of Water Supply water quality data site, you’re on the BWS system and your water is not affected.

How do I report fuel-like odors in my water?

Contact DOH’s Safe Water Drinking Branch at (808) 586-4258 or [email protected] The Navy has also set up several reporting lines. Navy water system users can call:

(808) 449-1979

(808) 448-3262

(808) 448-2557

(808) 448-2570

(808) 448-2583

What are the symptoms of petroleum exposure?

Health effects from exposure to petroleum in the drinking water will depend on the amount, how you were exposed and for how long, as well as other personal traits.

People who are exposed to petroleum through ingestion (swallowing) may experience stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Lightheadedness, headache and difficulty concentrating are also possible. Exposure of petroleum products to the skin such as through bathing may cause irritation, redness or peeling of the skin.

Breathing the vapors from petroleum products (inhalational exposure) at high enough concentrations can cause respiratory symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing and a pneumonia like syndrome.

If you develop respiratory problems or any other severe symptoms after exposure to petroleum contaminated water, please seek medical evaluation.

I have small children/infants – is there anything special I need to do for their safety?

Because of their size, physiology and developing body organs and systems, children are at higher risk for health effects from environmental toxins. DOH recommends extra care be taken to ensure that children do not drink or use contaminated water.

I am pregnant – should I be more concerned than others?

In general, exposures to petroleum hydrocarbons are not known to have specific impacts on pregnant women, their pregnancies or their babies and potential health effects for pregnant women are expected to be the same as the general population. 

However, because the exact contaminant is still unknown and it is important for pregnant women to be as healthy as possible during their pregnancy, we encourage pregnant women to follow the recommendations of not using the water.  

Resources

Commander, Navy Installations Command Website – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Water Resources and Updates

Health Assessment of Residents Impacted by Navy Water Contamination Health Assessment of Residents Impacted by Navy Water Contamination
Thumbnail of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Water: Health Effects Fact Sheet Fact Sheet: Health Effects of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Water
Fact Sheet: What Are Petroleum Hydrocarbons? 
First page of medical advisory on petroleum exposure Medical Advisory (for Providers): Drinking Water Petroleum Exposure
Are you worried about the water, soil, or air in your community? Fact Sheet: Are you worried about the water, soil, or air in your community? (also available in Spanish)
Stress: A Normal Response to Environmental Contamination Video: Stress: A Normal Response to Environmental Contamination