Contaminated tap water at military housing sites prompts investigation

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The Defense Department plans to investigate how oil ended up in tap water in the military housing system, according to the Military Times.

In early December, Hawaii’s congressional delegation called for a review following the discovery of oil in tap water at the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Joint Base. The problem arose on November 28 when a number of families said they smelled fuel in the tap water. Military Times said many of the more than 3,000 families in 12 affected communities have moved to hotels, paid for by the government.

Families staying at home are provided with clean water, showers and a laundry service. The flushing process has started, but many families will be vacationing in a hotel.

The investigation will focus on the management of the Navy’s Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility. Officials said the contamination likely occurred on November 20 when 14,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled into a World War II fuel storage facility.

Officials believe this was a one-time spill, not a leak from the old storage tanks.

Dave Lubach is editor-in-chief of the Facility Group.

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