It is critical that individuals, families, schools, businesses and others in the community who rely on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) water system have the information and support they need to sustain their lives and livelihoods. I am working with the rest of our Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation, military leaders, state and county officials and affected individuals to address the immediate drinking water crisis.
We must also continue the suspension of operations at Red Hill while we confront and remedy this crisis.
This webpage summarizes the latest updates from the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH), provides links to the latest resources from the military and includes recent statements I have made explaining my efforts.
Updates from the Hawai‘i Department of Health
The DOH received complaints of a fuel or gasoline-like odor from consumers of the Navy’s JBPHH water system in late November 2021. On December 1, 2021, the DOH confirmed the presence of petroleum in a water sample collected from the Navy’s water system. The military and DOH investigators continue to collect samples for analysis daily. They are working together to determine what has happened and how to restore access to clean water.
CURRENT DOH ADVISORY: The DOH recommends all Navy water system users should avoid using the water for drinking, cooking or oral hygiene. Navy water system users who detect a fuel-like odor from their water should also avoid using the water for bathing, dishwashing or laundry. This recommendation applies to users of the Navy’s JBPHH water system, including the Āliamanu Military Reservation, Red Hill and Nimitz Elementary Schools and military housing.
At the request of the DOH, a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have started conducting a survey on January 4, 2022 to investigate the potential health impacts on the civilian population affected by the contamination of the JBPHH Water Distribution System. Investigators from the CDC and ATSDR will survey civilians living in homes serviced by the water system. Efforts will also be made to survey individuals who may have been exposed through their job or at school.
Civilian users of the joint base water distribution system who were affected by the contaminated water and would like to participate in the survey can contact the CDC/ATSDR team at 404-567-3256 or ATSDRACE@cdc.gov. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) affiliated personnel and their dependents are being tracked through a separate DoD registry.
Resources from the Navy and Army
The Navy is providing updates and resources for those impacted by the contamination, including lodging assistance, laundry services, water distribution, showers and medical care. You can visit its JBPHH Water Updates Webpage for the latest information at https://www.cpf.navy.mil/JBPHH-Water-Updates/.
The Army has formed a “Task Force ‘Ohana” in response to the ongoing water crisis to provide assistance to residents of the Āliamanu Military Reservation and nearby areas. For more information about the services provided by the Army, please visit https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/water.
If you or any base residents you know are concerned that their water is contaminated, please immediately call the JBPHH information line at 808-448-2570. You can also call my Honolulu office at 808-650-6688.
My Recent Statements on Navy Drinking Water Crisis
January 4, 2022. Hawai‘i Congression Delegation: Navy Must Comply with DOH Emergency Order to Defuel Red Hill Tanks
December 7, 2021.Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation urges Governor Ige to request Emergency Declaration, EPA intervention in water contamination crisis
December 6, 2021. Hawai‘i Delegation Calls for comprehensive Inspector General evaluation into the Navy’s ability to safely operate Red Hill
December 5, 2021. Gov. David Ige and Hawaii’s congressional delegation, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) and Kaiali‘i Kahele (D-Hawai‘i) call for the Secretary of the Navy to immediately suspend operations at Red Hill following the contamination of drinking water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
December 3, 2021. Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation: Navy has failed to safely manage fuel operations, must provide affected families with safe water, access to lodging, laundry, other necessities
November 30, 2021. Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation to Navy Secretary: Navy must act immediately to test, protect water, provide Hawai‘i residents with access to safe water