Red Hill Water Information

To protect public health and the environment for all of Hawai‘i, DOH provides this page with information about the defueling, monitoring and remediation of the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

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Emergency Order Updates

On May 6, 2022, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order, Docket No. 22-UST-EA-01, regarding the defueling and closure of the 20 underground storage tanks, surge tanks, and associated piping at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Emergency Order replaces DOH’s December 6, 2021 Emergency Order. The Navy must provide DOH with its independent contractor’s assessment on facility operations by May 15 and a plan and implementation schedule to defuel by June 30, and a plan for closure of the facility by November 1.

Read the full Emergency Order served May 6, 2022.

Ongoing issues:

Last updated June 29, 2022

DOH Emergency Order

  • In accordance with its Emergency Order, DOH is preparing to receive the Navy’s Red Hill defueling plan and implementation schedule on June 30.
  • The report is expected to be designated by the Navy as Department of Defense critical infrastructure security information (known as “DCRIT”), so DOH may not be able to release the report that it expects to receive on June 30 to the public. The DOH emergency order requires that the Navy provides a copy of the report that can be released to the public by July 15.

Long-Term Monitoring of Navy Drinking Water System

  • DOH continues to oversee the Navy’s long-term drinking water monitoring plan, which requires two years of monitoring of homes, schools, childcare facilities, and other buildings on the Navy water system.
  • The Navy water system call center remains open for any concerns regarding customer water quality. Contact the Navy at:
    • (808) 449-1979
    • (808) 448-3262
    • (808) 448-2557
    • (808) 448-2570
    • (808) 448-2583

Aquifer Monitoring and Recovery

  • Monitoring wells beneath the Red Hill tanks continue to show intermittent elevated levels of fuel contaminants since the May and November 2021 fuel releases.
  • Total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) concentrations at the Red Hill tank farm appear to be declining at most wells.
  • Click here to view latest data posted on June 15.
Red Hill Shaft Filtration and Discharge into Halawa Stream

 

  • DOH continues to enforce its NPDES permit on the Navy’s granular activated carbon (GAC) water filtration system from Red Hill Shaft and discharge into Halawa Stream.
  • The Navy is required to provide monthly reports on contaminant testing and stream inspections. DOH carefully evaluates the reports for a number of contaminants and environmental impact.
  • The latest data DOH received from the Navy showed non-detect for TPH from the GAC discharge and no impact from stream inspections.

News Releases

July 26, 2022 | DOH disapproves DOD’s Red Hill defueling plan

June 30, 2022 | DOH releases Red Hill defueling plan, command investigation

June 29, 2022 | DOH Red Hill Status Report #4

 

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Health Impact Survey

The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) conducted a survey to better understand the health impacts of this contamination event and determine what steps are needed to protect public health.

View Results

 

All individuals affected by the petroleum contamination in the U.S. Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam drinking water system were eligible to participate. The survey was available online from January 7 – February 10, 2022.

People submitted 2,289 survey responses. Email [email protected] with questions.  

 

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Still experiencing issues with your water? Please report issues here or contact DOH’s Safe Water Drinking Branch at (808) 586-4258 or [email protected].

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