Red hibiscus. Photo by Ted Trimmer.
We recently received a disturbing letter from the Board of Water Supply:
“In January 2014, the U.S. Navy reported a 27,000-gallon leak of jet fuel from Tank 5 at its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy owns 20 fuel tanks in the Red Hill area, each able to contain up to 12.5 million gallons of fuel. These tanks are located 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer.
“This aquifer is also the same one that the Board of Water Supply uses to provide water to residents from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai. The BWS is testing its wells in the area and wants to assure our customers that our water is safe to drink.
“However, Navy studies show that fuel leaks from the Red Hill tanks have occurred in the past, and the groundwater underneath the tanks is already contaminated with fuel. These findings describe a situation that poses a serious threat to the aquifer’s long-term ability to provide safe drinking water.”
Aaarggh! Can you imagine anything worse than drinking water laced with jet fuel???? Or washing your hair, dishes, and vegetables with it?
Though the fuel has not yet reached the aquifer, it is a horrible situation, one that could cause me to sell my house and move elsewhere.
I hope David is willing to move with me before the situation is so untenable that we can’t sell our home.
Meanwhile, the Navy is considering its options, including double lining the tanks, installing advanced leak detection and tank corrosion protection, and cleaning up the fuel that is already underneath the tanks so that the contamination does not reach our wells.
What’s the water like in your area? Any pesticides or other contaminants in your drinking water?
Maybe, I’ll move to your town.