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 DOH conditionally approved the first phase of the defueling plan. A complete plan for closure of the facility is due to DOH by November 1.

Read the full Emergency Order served May 6, 2022.

Ongoing issues:

Last updated October 7, 2022

DOH Emergency Order

  • The Navy indicated that unpacking maneuvers will begin in the next couple of weeks. Removing existing fuel from the Red Hill pipelines will allow the Navy to begin critical repairs to facilitate safe refueling.
  • The Navy must seek DOH approval on a repair plan and defueling plan before those phases can move forward.

DOH is requiring the Navy to take the following additional steps to prevent or to respond to a spill:

  • Completion of a site visit to inspect repairs and systems installed to divert and recover fuel in the event of a spill;
  • Completion of personnel training to ensure full and consistent understanding of unpacking;
  • Incorporation of DOH’s comments into release response plan procedures;
  • Protecting preferential pathways to the drinking water aquifer;
  • Requiring the Navy to stage additional staff and equipment on site that can be used to divert or recover fuel.

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

October 7, 2022 | DOH conditionally approves first phase of Red Hill refueling

September 7, 2022 | DOH releases updated Red Hill defueling plan

September 2, 2022 | Navy water system users encouraged to participate in follow-up health impact survey

 

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Health Impact Survey

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) conducted a follow-up survey in September 2022 to learn more about the experience of people affected by the petroleum contamination in the U.S. Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam drinking water system.

View Follow-Up Survey Results

 

The initial Assessment of Chemical Exposure health impact survey conducted in January and February 2022 had over 2,200 participants. People submitted 2,289 survey responses. 

View Initial Survey Results

 

Feedback

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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