Health department OKs water in one Pearl Harbor neighborhood after fuel leak

Water Testing at Pearl Harbor Navy water system

The state Department of Health declared tap water safe to drink Monday at the Red Hill Housing military community on Oʻahu.

While only 10% of the homes were tested for fuel contamination, the state will conduct ongoing sampling to ensure the safety of the water.

Red Hill Housing includes 135 homes as well as Red Hill Elementary School. The U.S. Army oversees the community, but it is served by the Navy’s water distribution system.

Thousands of residents on the water system have reported illnesses as a result of fuel contamination in the system since late last year. About 4,000 military families have been living in hotels since early December.

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