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Lead detected in drinking water following Red Hill fuel leak

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 p.m. HST, Feb 05, 2014

The state Department of Health is notifying the public that "very low" levels of lead and other chemicals have been detected in the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam water system.

The lead levels are within federal and state compliance levels for drinking water in a water distribution system (below the lead "action level") and do not represent a health threat, the Health Department said in a news release issued today.

The notification comes after Navy officials confirmed in mid-January that a World War II-era underground fuel storage tank at Red Hill may have spilled up to 20,000 gallons of JP-8 fuel.

A U.S. Navy well and water tunnel are positioned downhill from the Red Hill fuel storage facility and provide about 24 percent of the drinkable water to the Pearl Harbor water system, according to a Navy report.

The water system serves about 65,000 people.

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primowarrior wrote:
Pur faucet water filter with 4 filter cartridges for $25 at Sam's Club. Get'em while they're hot.
on February 5,2014 | 06:13PM
dufus wrote:
d-a-m-n Navy..!
on February 5,2014 | 06:55PM
sjean wrote:
Minor amounts of brain damage ensue.
on February 5,2014 | 07:16PM
hikine wrote:
Yes and it's worse for babies and children with their smaller body mass.
on February 5,2014 | 08:41PM
Skyler wrote:
In other words, the water is contaminated, so use filtered and/or bottled water or get a filtration system. Last I knew, lead - which is a poison to the human body - stays in the body, so it'll add up over time. I wouldn't trust the Fed or the DOH on this one.
on February 5,2014 | 08:17PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Obamacare does not cover lead.
on February 5,2014 | 08:28PM
hikine wrote:
What happened to the previous reassurances that the water was safe to drink and now this? If there's a leak you know it's going to show up somewhere and not just magically disappear! DOH and the Navy probably collaborated to deny the existence of the contaminated water.
on February 5,2014 | 08:38PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Another reason to always use a water filter.
on February 5,2014 | 09:00PM
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